The first man-made leisure pool, known as “the Great Bath”, was found in modern-day Pakistan. Dating back to approximately 3000 BC, the Great Bath shows how suprisingly advanced early civilizations were, as the materials available to them required much ingenuity and precision in piecing them together to create a watertight structure. The builders of the structure used finely fitted bricks and plaster, lined with a layer of natural tar or 'bitumen' as extra sealant.
The ancient Greeks and Romans were also known for building pools for the purposes of athletic and military training. Private leisure pools were strictly a luxury of the upper class, and some Roman emperors had pools that were also used to keep fish, which was a pretty remarkable thing in those days. The first hot tub, although it's more appropriate to call it a heated pool, was created around the 1st century BC by a Roman by the name of Gaius Maecenas.
Thankfully, pools and hot tubs have become much more common in modern times. In a place like Victoria BC, there are few comforts as satsifying as cooling off in the summer heat by splashing around in the pool, or spending a starry evening soaking in the hot tub, drink in hand, immune to the cool wind off the ocean; it's a choose your own adventure of complete and total relaxation.
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