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The History of Soap – Clean Version

The first written mention of soap was Sumerian tablets dating back to 2500 BC. The tablets spoke of the use of soap in washing wool. The excavation of Pompeii, a city that was buried under the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, revealed the existence of an entire soap factory.

Ancient Roman legend gives soap it's name. From Mount Sappo, rain washed a mixture of melted fats and ash from sacrificed animals into the Tiber River below. There the soap mixture was found to be useful for washing furs and clothes.

The Roman baths were built around 312 BC. They were popular and in later years were equipped with soap.

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