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CLAS 3239 | Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities: Unit 4: Medicine in the Roman Empire

Welcome to Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities, a course designed to introduce you to the main themes and ideas in the medical literature produced by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

About Medicine in the Roman Empire

Writings on medicine produced during the time period of the Roman Empire (ca. 27 BCE - 476 CE). These sources display the unmistakable influence of Greek medical literature and practice, as well as some uniquely Roman contributions to the history of medicine. This time period was characterized by growing access to medical knowledge and increasingly advanced surgical practices, while traditional remedies and 'superstitions' such as those described by Pliny the Elder also remained in practice. One can also find in Roman authors such as Celsus invaluable details about medical practices and sects that existed during earlier antique time periods (e.g. the Hellenistic era).


Pliny the Elder