Death and the City: Ancient Rome and Beyond
11 Pages Posted: 24 May 2015
Date Written: May 22, 2015
Epigraphic records from antiquity light on the seasonal distribution of mortality in the city of Rome, allowing us to draw inferences about the local disease environment. Endemic malaria appears to have made an important contribution to the mortality regime. Literary sources and osteological evidence likewise support the impression that the metropolitan disease environment was exceptionally severe. Investment in infrastructure and welfare provisions was unable to change this.
Keywords: Seasonal mortality, malaria, urban graveyard effect
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