ANCIENT DISEASE: How Healthy Were the Ancient Romans (audio fix)


How healthy, or rather, how unhealthy, were ancient people? The Roman Empire was famed for its plumbing systems and aqueducts, but what did the nutritional levels of the population look like? These are questions to which new methods, drawn from the hard sciences, are only just starting to give answers to. The data so far suggests that the Roman population during the Pax Romana was far from stellar. The Antonine Plague, which probably ripped through the Roman World around the mid-second century, entered a world that was already physiologically weak, which explains in part why it was so devastating. But, genetic evidence also suggests that it may have been a new type of sickness entirely.

 

SOURCES:
The Fate of Rome, Harper
Plagues Upon the Earth, Harper
The Antonines, Grant
The Antonine Plague and the ‘Third-Century Crisis’, Bruun

[…]

About agogo22

Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
This entry was posted in health and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.