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Health in Antiquity - Helen King

Health in Antiquity

By: Helen King (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th August 2005
ISBN: 9780415220651
Number Of Pages: 298

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How healthy were people in ancient Greece and Rome, and how did they think about maintaining and restoring their health?

For students of classics, history or the history of medicine, answers to these and many previously untouched questions are dealt with by renowned ancient historians, classical scholars and archaeologists.

Using a multidisciplined approach, the contributors assess the issues surrounding health in the Greco-Roman world from prehistory to Christian late antiquity.

Sources range from palaeodemography to patristic and from archaeology to architecture and using these, this book considers what health meant, how it was thought to be achieved, and addresses how the ancient world can be perceived as an ideal in subsequent periods of history.

'The book is a thought-provoking addition to the scholarship on medicine in the past. It is useful for anyone interested in the subject of medicine, illness and most importantly, health in the Graeco-Roman world.' - Social History of Medicine

'high quality scholarship' - Medical History

Introduction: What is health?
Disease and the Prehistory of the Aegean
Health and Disease in Greece: Past, present and future
Health in Hellenistic and Roman Times: The case studies of Paphos
Health and the Life Course at Herculaneum and Pompeii
Holding on to Health? Bone surgery and instrumentation in the Roman empire
' Without you No One is Happy': The cult of health in ancient
Hygieia at Dinner and at the Symposium
Women's Health and Recovery in the Hippocratic Corpus
Drama and Healing: Ancient and modern
'Curing' Disability
The Salubriousness of the Roman City
Buildings for Health: Then and now
The Health of the Spiritual Athlete
'Carrying on the work of the Earlier Firm': Doctors, medicine and Christianity in the Thaumata of Sophronius of Jerusalem
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ISBN: 9780415220651
ISBN-10: 0415220653
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 30th August 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1