The Baths of Agrippa (Latin: Thermae Agrippae) was a structure of ancient Rome, built by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. It was the first of the great thermae constructed in the city, and also the first Imperial Bath.
Between the construction and Agrippa’s death the Baths were open to the public with an entrance fee charge. This charge was typically a quadran. Upon his death in 12 BC Agrippa left the baths to the citizens of Rome to use free of charge in exchange for donating various estates to Augustus, creating the first public imperial baths.
The Baths of Agrippa were damaged along with many other structures by a large fire in 80 AD, but were restored shortly thereafter by Domitian.
Photo and references:
- Innovation and the baths of Agrippa Simpson, C J;BRUNDETT, N G R Athenaeum; Jan 1, 1997; 85, ProQuest pg. 220
- Dio LXVI.24