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Health in Antiquity


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1. Disease and the Prehistory of the Aegean 2. Health and Disease in Greece: Past, present and future 3. Health in Hellenistic and Roman Times: The case studies of Paphos, Cyprus and Corinth, Greece 4. Health and the Life Course at Herculaneum and Pompeii 5. Holding on to Health? Bone surgery and instrumentation in the Roman empire 6. 'Without You No One is Happy': The cult of health in ancient Greece 7. Hygieia at Dinner and at the Simposium 8. Women's Health and Recovery in the Hippocratic Corpus 9. Drama and Healing: Ancient and modern 10. 'Curing' Disability 11. The Salubriousness of the Roman City 12. Buildings for Health: Then and now 13. The Health of the Spiritual Athlete 14. 'Carrying on the Work of the Earlier Firm': Doctors, medicine and Christianity in the Thaumata of Sophronius of Jerusalem

About the Author

Helen King is Professor of History of Classical Medicine at the University of Reading. She is the author of Hippocrates' Women (1998) and The Disease of Virgins (2003).


'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

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