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Early November, 75 AD Today was just yet another ordinary day in the life of Marcus Barbatius, one of countless professional barbers in Rome. Some just had their shops in the street, but Marcus had his very own shop and insula just above it. Quite a nice insula too. One bedroom for himself, another for all the slaves, a small cooking area, a tablinum and a triclinium. And a few spare rooms for storage and other things. Then there was the shop. Large enough to hold a chair for clients in the middle of the room and shelves and tables and many little pots and flasks with salves and oils and
Early December, 74AD Longinus winced as withdrew his head from the fountain, the freezing water dripping down his face and the coldness making him gasp and shudder. He enjoyed the Thermae less than he did his long, endless walks around the city but it was better for him, and he knew that begrudgingly. He'd spent most of the morning here, running laps around the expanse of the gymnasium and using the weights provided for patrons. Few paid him much attention besides a few cursory glances at his physique or the littering of scars across his torso, given he wore only his subligaculum. H