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Thermae Romae  
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When Roman architect Lucius is criticized for his "outdated" thermae designs, he retreats to the local bath to collect his thoughts. All Lucius wants is to recapture the Rome of earlier days, when one could enjoy a relaxing bath without the pressure of merchants and roughhousing patrons. Slipping deeper into the warm water, Lucius is suddenly caught in the suction and dragged through the drainage at the bottom of the bath! He emerges coughing and sputtering amid a group of strange-looking foreigners with the most peculiar bathhouse customs...over 1,500 years in the future in modern-day Japan! His contemporaries wanted him to modernize, and so, borrowing the customs of these mysterious bath-loving people, Lucius opens what quickly becomes the most popular new bathhouse in Rome-Thermae Romae!

Note: Won the third Manga Taishō and the Short Story Award at the 14th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2010.


Related Series

Associated Names
Terumae Romae
Thermæ Romæ
สู้ต่อไปลูเชียส (Thai)

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4 by Clockwork Lies over 7 years ago
v.1 c.3 by Clockwork Lies over 7 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Clockwork Lies over 7 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Volumes International (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (143 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.05 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 21st 2018, 6:16am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Beam (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (3 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #575 increased(+69)
Monthly Pos #1069 increased(+341)
3 Month Pos #2013 decreased(-151)
6 Month Pos #2425 increased(+173)
Year Pos #2734 increased(+257)

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On 400 reading lists
On 414 wish lists
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Didn't know Roman baths were so interesting   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by LordT
April 4th, 2018, 3:47am
The genre list has a typo, it says "romance" when it should be "romans".

Seriously though, don't read this expecting much romance; though it is a bit of a motivational plot point in the series, it's not explored in-depth much at all. Otherwise it's a fantastic series. Funny and educational in various different ways, who knew that was even possible!

It also features Tommy Lee Jones as a badass chiropractor. 10/10.
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Very Interesting!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yuri_shibuya
December 24th, 2016, 2:15am
Its the first time that i've encountered a manga such as this.
I quite enjoyed myself while reading every chapter.
Its the type of manga that you wont get bored reading.
Its informative and amusing.

Its like im taken back to ancient rome.
i like how the MC is rather curious and innovative in everything that he does.

Please would someone translate the remaining chapters.
This is really good.

... Last updated on December 24th, 2016, 2:45am
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Love it!!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by SephiriaChronos
May 29th, 2016, 1:47pm
This manga is a refreshing change from the usual mangas that you can find out there, but the characters are lovable and funny - not in a deliberate way, which makes it good.
You don't really have to understand too much about history to enjoy this, as long as you are willing to take your time to read the end notes that the author added to explain the chapters.

My personal favorite would be the grandpa.

This is definitely a hidden gem that more people ought to know about, but I don't think it fits the taste of everyone. I would say though, that if you take the time to understand what the manga is about, you'll love it.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2016, 1:54pm
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A fresh and historical breeze   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
October 13th, 2014, 5:14am
This and her Steve Jobs manga which is also reviewed need more love no question about that!
The realistic art is great, the setting is fully fleshed out and the idea itself is quite original too. It is also neat to see a manga about hot springs and nudity in general that isn´t a softcore porno. Better slice of life exists(usually from Fellows!) but the essence of the sub-genre is captured very well. I can certainly see where the recognition in japan came from. The research is also very impressive and the many editorials about japanese and roman culture are a very insightful. Overall a great read for culturally interested readers of all ages and genders.

... Last updated on February 24th, 2015, 3:50pm
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I Concur   
Rating: N/A
by yuno19
January 22nd, 2013, 6:29pm
If you are among people people who enjoy good joke without fusing the detail, this one is for you, read Melon-Ramune's review for more detail. I don't know if the scanlator had abandon this project, but this manga really need more love.
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Hilarious but not for the average reader   
Rating: N/A
by melon-ramune-freak
January 13th, 2012, 10:32pm
Thermae Romae [literally Baths of Rome from the Latin] is, honestly, one of the most absurd and hilarious series I've ever read. However, a large number of people don't feel the same way, since there's been a lot of bad ratings and reviews on Thermae Romae lately...

I did a little research and found two things in common. Most people, not all, who didn't like Thermae Romae don't have extensive knowledge about Roman history. Sure, Yamazaki Mari gives an extensive historical lecture after each chapter, but people don't usually read those... Evidently if someone who has no idea what Roman baths are picks up Thermae Romae, they'll be thinking "wtf??" the whole time. But if you're someone who had a background on Roman baths in the past, you'll be saying "LMAO, I see what you did there to xxx concept!" throughout all the stories. I took Latin and Roman history before reading Thermae Romae and I found it hilarious.

The other thing with readers who didn't like Thermae Romae was that they don't know how to suspend their disbelief. This is a common thing that happens to comedy series. Yes, the premise of the story is stupid and corny as well as historically inaccurate about Lucius and the Japanese, but Yamazaki Mari knows what she's talking about. She did quite a bit of research on Roman baths. Other than the Lucius and the Japanese part, most everything else is historically accurate. She's spinning a new comedy on an old historical element. Since this is a comedy, so don't take the content too seriously. Have fun reading it! Don't over think!

Basically you can describe Thermae Romae as more of a comedy edu-manga type. If you don't want to learn about the subject [Roman Baths] or haven't had prior knowledge on it, you wouldn't like it. You would also need to suspend your disbelief. Thermae Romae is what many people like to call "stupid reader's manga" because you need to dumb yourself down to enjoy its full comedic quality. That means no over analyzing and no over thinking while reading this.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2012, 6:48pm
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