Roman Domestic Medical Practice in Central Italy

- From the Middle Republic to the Early Empire


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Roman Domestic Medical Practice in Central Italy
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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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Bibliotekernes beskrivelse Recent scholarship on gardens in Roman Italy has focused largely on the aesthetic or symbolic significance of gardens. This is far removed from the tradition of the hortus - the garden as a productive irrigated space used to grow herbs, fruit and vegetables. The uses of garden produce for both alimentary and medicinal purposes is explicitly discussed in the agricultural treatises of Cato, Varro and Columella, and in works on natural history, such as that of Pliny the Elder. An individual's diet and state of health were known to be connected, and the distinction between what was a foodstuff and what was a medicament was often blurred, particularly in the sections of Pliny's Natural History dealing with the properties of plants. Although scholars have broached the subject of the foodstuffs produced and consumed at various locations around the empire attempts to deal with the production of medicinal ingredients have been more tentative. Scholarship on this topic has concentrated either on general surveys of the ancient drug trade or studies on specific types of drug.The aim of this monograph is two-fold: to examine the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence for the use of the garden in domestic medical practice in Roman Italy from the late third century BC to the late first century, and to show how these roles were linked to the Roman family's physical and mental wellbeing.

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