Disease & Death in the Early 1st Century CE

Disease & Death in the Early 1st Century CE

June 29, 2022
8:00 PM

Disease & Death in the Early 1st Century CE
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 8 PM Eastern

Julie Laskaris, University of Richmond

What were the most pressing health concerns of the people living during the first century CE?  What relief could they find from ancient doctors, herbalists, midwives, and others?

After an initial foray into the health problems of our earliest ancestors as background, this talk portrays the disease landscape of the early first century CE with a focus on Italy, drawing heavily on the evidence presented by the human remains from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Insight into human suffering in this period and the attempts to alleviate it can perhaps deepen our understanding of biblical texts by offering a context for their stories of disease and sin, and of healing and salvation.

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