THIS IS HOW YOU would go to the public bathroom / toilet under the Roman Empire. It was a disease and rat infested place, and they had problems getting people to clean it. They had a bowl of water which there were short sticks that had cloth wrapped around the end of it, and everyone was supposed to use these sticks to wipe - - - . Many brought their own cloth - which they left behind. But many could not afford to use cloth - - so it was not a place you would go.