This sourcebook provides an expansive picture of medicine, health, and healing in ancient Greece and Rome. Covering a wide array of fascinating topics—such as ancient diagnostic practices using the pulse and urine, gynecological theories of women’s illness, treatments involving drugs and surgery, the training and work of physicians, the experiences of patients, and various sites where healing took place—this volume will engage readers interested in the rich history of health and healthcare.
The volume brings together textual sources—many hard to access and some translated into English for the first time—as well as artistic, material, and scientific evidence, including:
- Medical treatises
- Case studies
- Artistic works
- Material artifacts
- Archaeological evidence
- Biomedical remains
- Funerary monuments
- Miracle narratives
- Spells and magical recipes
With substantial explanation of these varied materials—through background chapters, introductions to the thematic chapters, a timeline, and a glossary—the volume is accessible to a broad audience.
Readers will come away with a nuanced understanding of the illnesses people in ancient Greece and Rome experienced, the range of healers from whom they sought help, and the various practices they employed to be healthy.
Kristi Upson-Saia is David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professor of Religion at Occidental College. She is also Co-Founder/Co-Director of ReMeDHe, an international working group on religion, medicine, disability, and health in late antiquity.
Heidi Marx is Professor of Religion and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. She is also Co-Founder/Co-Director of ReMeDHe.
Jared Secord is Coordinator of Scholars Programs at the University of Calgary. He previously taught at the University of Chicago and Washington State University and is author of Christian Intellectuals and the Roman Empire: From Justin Martyr to Origen.