Disease and Death in the Ancient City of Rome
March 21, 2009
Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Roman History, Demography, Disease, Seasonal Mortality, Paleodemography
JEL Classification: I12
Date posted: February 21, 2009 ; Last revised: March 24, 2009