Bath is the perfect example of how ancient Rome was a little bit like McDonalds. (Stay with me, people.) As the Romans spread out and conquered their new empire region by region, they did a very smart ... read more
thing by incorporating bits of the locals' religion and culture into their overlording (kinda like how McDonalds creates a lobster roll burger in Maine or a teriyaki burger in Japan). In Bath, the Romans created Aquae Sulis, the Roman/Celtic goddess of the baths. Anglo-Saxon tribes came to take the waters and ended up absorbing their new culture. Modern Bath combines two of the most fascinating, but most juxtaposed, times in history: ancient Rome and Victorian Britain. (I can't imagine the Victorians partook in many of the ancient Roman visitors' improper public shenanigans). The Roman Baths are shockingly well-preserved and one of the best spots in Britain to learn about Roman culture and history.