Illness and medicine in Roman Britain
Although medical science was still in its infancy during Roman times, knowledge of medicinal plants was widespread and sick people may have been treated with herbal remedies by relatives and friends. Environment, diet, exercise and hygiene...
Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
The popular view of life in ancient Egypt is often that it was a death-obsessed culture in which powerful pharaohs forced the people to labor at constructing pyramids and temples and, at an unspecified time, enslaved the Hebrews for this...
Scrofula on the Neck of a Boy
Photograph of scrofula of the neck, from Byrom Bramwell's Atlas of Clinical Medicine, 1893.
Engraving of Agnodice, ancient Greek practitioner of medicine.
Since antiquity, pepper has always been the most important spice in the world. It played a central role in the medicines of ancient India and China, became a critical component of Roman food, and remained central in the cuisine of medieval...
Gula (also known as Ninkarrak) is the Babylonian goddess of healing and patroness of doctors, healing arts, and medical practices. She is first attested to in the Ur III Period (2047-1750 BCE) where she is referenced as a great goddess of...
Ancient Rome’s Most Notorious Doctor - Ramon Glazov
Learn about the Greek physician and philosopher Galen of Pergamon, whose experiments and discoveries changed medicine. — In the 16th century, an anatomist named Andreas Vesalius made a shocking discovery: the most famous human...
Ancient Rome: Medical Beliefs and Treatments
This brief video examines the various beliefs regarding medicine in ancient Rome, as well as the treatments discovered in response to medical ailments.
Fresco with Wounded Aeneas
Fresco depicting Iapyx removing an arrowhead from Aeneas' thigh. Venus stands over while beside Aeneas stands his young son Ascanius. 1st century CE (between 45 and 79 CE), from Pompeii. (Naples National Archaeological Museum).
An illustration of a tomb relief at Ankhmaho, Saqqara showing an Egyptian circumcision ceremony. 2350-2000 BCE.