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Archaeologist excavating the theater at ancient Smyrna (modern Izmir) have discovered a latrina within the stage building. Given its location, scholars believe it was used by actors, and not the general audience. This is the first time a toilet has been found inside the stage building of an ancient theater. The commode was 16 inches (40 cm) high and had a U-shape arrangement that could accommodate 12-13 people. Next to this was a U-shaped trough 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) deep for clean water. The theater and latrina date to the second century BC, and were used until the fifth century AD. It would have been in use when the Apostle John wrote his letter to the church at Smyrna (Rev. 2:8-11).


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