Developments of Bathing in the Wider Mediterranean
A final development taking place from the 5th century onwards in Syria is the replacement of communal baths in the warm rooms with smaller, individual baths. It is from these inventions that the Ottoman hammam developed.
At these early hammam’s too, other activities were carried out in addition to bathing. These activities include the trimming of beards and haircuts for men and scrubbing and egg-white massages against wrinkles round the eyes for women.