Thermae Romae
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Thermae Romae

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Thermæ Romæ, I Thermae Romae, Terumae Romae, Terumae・Romae
Japanese: テルマエ・ロマエ
English: Thermae Romae
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 38
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 12, 2008 to Mar 12, 2013
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy
Themes: Historical Historical, Time Travel Time Travel
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Comic Beam
Authors: Yamazaki, Mari (Story & Art)


Score: 7.701 (scored by 25492,549 users)
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Ranked: #17092
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Popularity: #2485
Members: 8,048
Favorites: 99

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Thermae Romae
Volume 1


When Roman architect Lucius is criticized for his “outdated” thermae designs, he retreats to the local bath to collect his thoughts.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!

(Source: Yen Press)


Thermae Romae won the 3rd Manga Taisho Award in 2010. A live-action film was released in Japan on April 28, 2012 and was that year's 2nd highest grossing domestic film.

Yen Press released the series in English in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibuses from November 20, 2012 to February 25, 2014, and as a 6-in-1 omnibus volume on November 1, 2022.

The series was also published in Italian by Star Comics from October 22, 2011 to January 18, 2014 and live-action film was released in Italy by Tucker Film in 2014; and in Brazil by Jbc from August 2013 to March 2014.

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Jan 16, 2017
Bathing is something both Rome and Japan hold dear as not only an act to get oneself clean but also as an act of socialization. Based on this concept we find our hero Lucius, a down on his luck architect from ancient Rome transported to modern Japan through the baths he comes to love to learn all about the art of the bath and to experience a major case of culture shock every time he shows up. It’s a relatively short and sweet manga, with a heavy base in comedy.

I love this manga because of the incredibly silly premise that is taken ...
Feb 25, 2018
Thermae Romae knows exactly what experience it's trying to deliver, and it always does so, for better or worse. If you'd enjoy reading a story about culture shock from the past to the future, or a story of episodic problems always reaching fun conclusions, then how contrived it can be won't detract from your enjoyment.

The story begins in ancient Rome, with struggling bathhouse architect Lucius Modestus finding it harder and harder to get work, due to his traditional ideas in an era where the new is successful. It is ironic that he will soon become the foremost purveyor of new ideas — as Lucius enjoys ...
Mar 14, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Thermae Romae is focused on bathing culture and shows the similarities between Romans and Japanese people enjoying it. The main character is a low-rated Roman builder that gets his inspirations from modern Japanese bathing culture in a comedic way.

The focused genre in the manga was comedy and it was mediocre at best but then again it's in all its essence a subjective matter. The character writing was nowhere to be found, it was pretty ordinary character building and the development was nonexistential and that could be understood as the manga was more episodic rather than story-driven. The most intriguing part of the manga was its ...

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