Disease and death in the ancient city of Rome


by Walter Scheidel
published on 14 October 2011

This paper surveys textual and physical evidence of disease and mortality in the city of Rome in the late republican and imperial periods. It emphasizes the significance of seasonal mortality data and the weaknesses of age at death records and paleodemographic analysis, considers the complex role of environmental features and public infrastructure, and highlights the very considerable promise of scientific study of skeletal evidence of stress and disease

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Written by Walter Scheidel, linked by Jan van der Crabben, published 14 October 2011. Source URL: http://www.princeton.edu/~pswpc/pdfs/scheidel/040901.pdf.

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