1st Edition

Roman Domestic Medical Practice in Central Italy From the Middle Republic to the Early Empire

By Jane Draycott Copyright 2019
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    Roman Domestic Medical Practice in Central Italy examines the roles that the home, the garden and the members of the household (freeborn, freed and slave) played in the acquisition and maintenance of good physical and mental health and well-being. Focussing on the period from the middle Republic to the early Empire, it considers how comprehensive the ancient Roman general understanding of health actually was, and studies how knowledge regarding various aspects of health was transmitted within the household.

    Using literary, documentary, archaeological and bioarchaeological evidence from a variety of contexts, this is the first extended volume to provide as comprehensive and detailed a reconstruction of this aspect of ancient Roman private life as possible, complementing existing works on ancient professional medical practice and existing works on domestic medical practice in later historical periods. This volume offers an indispensable resource to social historians, particularly those that focus on the ancient family, and medical historians, particularly those that focus on the ancient world.

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    Chapter One: Health and Healthiness in the Late Roman Republic and Early Empire

    Chapter Two: The Roman House and Garden

    Chapter Three: The Roman Household

    Chapter Four: The Transmission of Medical Knowledge





    Jane Draycott is Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Ancient Science and Technology at the University of Glasgow, UK. Previously she was Lecturer in Classics at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Associate Teacher in Roman Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, all in the UK, and 2011–2012 Rome Fellow at the British School at Rome, Italy.