The Romans, or at least the higher-class men patronizing this brothel, would have cleaned themselves with a tersorium, a sponge mounted on a stick. They (or more likely, a servant) would have rinsed the tersorium in a bucket of salt water or vinegar and then removed the chamber pot from underneath the toilet seat and dumped it into the sewer immediately outside.
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