Health In Antiquity

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-05-19
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Is health the absence of disease, or a more positive state of happiness and well-being? How healthy were people in ancient Greece and Rome, and how did they think about maintaining and restoring their health? Answers to these and many previously untouched questions are dealt with by renowned ancient historians, classical scholars, and archaeologists. Using a multi-disciplined approach, the contributors assess the issues surrounding health in the Greco-Roman world from prehistory to Christian late antiquity.

Table of Contents

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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