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King Agamemnon ruled the region's most powerful kingdom from the palace at Μυκήνες or Mycenae around the 14th Century BC. According to the legends, his brother was Menelaus, whose wife Helen was abducted by Paris of Troy. Agamemnon then commanded the Achaean forces (mislabeled as "Greek" today) in the Trojan War.

The picture above shows the innermost chamber of the main palace on Mycenae's hilltop citadel. This is where Agamemnon's bed and chamber pot would have been.

The page of Mycenae's plumbing details Agamemnon's chambers as well as the citadel's large cisterns used to withstand protracted sieges. It also shows the public latrines and cisterns of the nearby Bronze Age citadel of Τίρυνς or Tiryns.
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Welcome to the Toilets of the World, where you can view toilets and other plumbing from all around the world. Are you wondering how to use a bidet, or even what a bidet is? Curious about what the toilets are like in a specific country such as France, Turkey, China, Greece, Japan, or many others? Would you like to see some of the worst toilets in the world? Or maybe you're interested in historical toilets, from ancient Greece and Rome, or even the Stone Age? Do you wonder who invented the flush toilet? (It wasn't Thomas Crapper) You've come to the right place! The Toilets of the World are ready for your visit. Learn about toilets, bidets, urinals, sinks, tubs, and other plumbing from all around the world.

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Toilets around the world:

Belgium Bulgaria China France Greek Islands Japan Turkey Trinidad Russia and many others

Toilets from throughout history:

The Stone Age Ancient Greece Ancient Rome Bible era King Arthur's England Invention of the flush toilet To the toilets of the future

Toilets of world leaders:

The Ottoman Sultan Woodrow Wilson Leon Trotsky Winston Churchill Adolf Hitler Dwight Eisenhower Robert Kennedy and others

Toilets of artists and authors:

William Shakespeare Edgar Allan Poe Vincent Van Gogh Jim Morrison Hunter S Thompson Tom Wolfe Lady Gaga and others

Experience toilets in motion:

Trains Subways Buses Ships Aircraft and even Spacecraft

Answers for your important questions:

Did Thomas Crapper invent the flush toilet? Should I squat or sit? Should I wipe or wash? Where do I put used paper, in the bowl or in the bin? What is a bidet? What is a toilet snorkel? Should I incinerate my sewage in the basement?

Who is the Toilet Guru?

Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

Is he obsessed? How did Yahoo describe him?


Do Foreigners Have Strange Toilets?

Whoever you are, you are going to think that other countries have strange toilets. But remember, they are thinking the same thing about your peculiar plumbing. Someone from the U.S. wrote me: "I visited Italy 3 years ago and had no idea that some restaurants had in-ground toilets. I was just aghast when I went into the john, but eventually figured it out." As I replied to her, try to imagine the poor visitor to the U.S. ...


Keep This Book In Your Bathroom

"2.6 billion people don't have sanitation. I don't mean that they have no toilet in their house and must use a public one with queues and fees. Or that they have an outhouse, or a rickety shack that empties into a filthy drain or pigsty. All that counts as sanitation, though not a safe variety. The people who have those are the fortunate ones. Four in ten people have no access to any latrine, toilet, bucket, or box. Nothing. ..."


Where Is Your Favorite Toilet?

Before you complain that I have not yet visited and photographed your favorite one, realize that (with one exception) these are all places I have been. If you would like to send me an airline ticket to Hawaii, Kenya, India, coastal China, or wherever, please just contact me for the shipping details. ...


There's more than just Toilets

Toilets are part of everyday life, at least for those of us fortunate enough to have modern sanitation. But some people have broader interests in bathroom pictures: sinks, bidets, hot water heaters, urinals, waste treatment plants, ...


Toilet Press Releases and Awards

Some of these pictures have been used in scientific journal articles and at least one a scholarly book. The site has been profiled a number of times in national and international media. ...


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