By Valerie Hope
Human frailty and mortality effect the constitution and functioning of all societies; questions of ways the ancients coped with their very own mortality, how they sought to categorise and keep an eye on the explanations of demise, and the way they handled the loss of life and the lifeless, are hence vital to any realizing of antiquity. This cutting edge quantity attracts upon fresh examine in archaeology, historic heritage, and the background of drugs to guage these kind of concerns. It addresses quite a lot of themes, together with perspectives of old sickness causation; private and non-private overall healthiness measures; how the traditional and concrete setting affected the health and wellbeing of the person; how town used to be organised to guard the future health and security of the dwelling; and the way the residing sought security from the polluting effect of either the diseased and the lifeless. Lucid and available, this paintings is the 1st to unite the research of loss of life and sickness in antiquity, supplying precious insights into how those components formed the traditional urban. it is going to allure not just to classical students and scholars, yet to all these drawn to the heritage of demise and ailment.
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Herodotus’ account of this drought differs from Pindar’s description of the stasis/illness suffered under Arcesilas IV in that Herodotus does explain the cause of the drought suffered by the Therans. However, Herodotus’ description of this natural disaster and its associated illnesses differs from one which might be expected from modern analysts since instead of exploring environmental and physical factors he focuses on divine intervention. 150, 155). 150). 151). Although Herodotus does not describe the island as suffering from a disease, ancient texts often associate droughts and excessive heat with pestilence.
Throughout his fourth and fifth Pythian odes, Pindar describes Apollo both as the founder of Cyrene and as a god of medicine. In his fourth Pythian, Pindar says that Apollo brought the Theran settlers to Libya (line 259). Likewise, in his fifth Pythian, Pindar describes Apollo as Cyrene’s archegetes, or founder, and says that he instilled fear into lions who threatened Battus in order that his oracle would be fulfilled (lines 60–2). Pindar also emphasises Apollo’s role as a god of medicine in both of these epinicians.
In fact, the author of Regimen confines himself to discussing only two peoples by name, the Libyans and the Pontics. Although the geographical information in Regimen differs from Airs, Waters, Places in some particulars, the text likewise makes no mention of ‘the city’ being more or less healthy than areas of lesser population density. Whole areas of terrain are subject to various conditions; city and countryside within the same area appear to share in these alike. Even when we turn to the katastaseis and case histories of the Epidemics, which are often specific to one particular city, no city/country distinction arises.
Death and Disease in the Ancient City (Routledge Classical Monographs) by Valerie Hope