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Public latrine in Ostia Antica, the main Roman port city.  The narrow channel at your feet was for rinsing off the spongia or "sponge on a stick" that served as toilet paper, and the slot in front was so you could use it without standing up.

Public latrine in Ostia Antica, the main Roman port city. The narrow channel at your feet was for rinsing off the spongia or "sponge on a stick" that served as toilet paper, and the slot in front was so you could use it without standing up.

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