Abortion in the Ancient World

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 27 September 2022
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World History Encyclopedia and the Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages have come together to bring you an interview with Arienne King, all about abortion and family planning in the ancient world. The concept of abortion and contraception dates back thousands of years, and there is evidence for both from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East. Join us as we delve into the history of abortion in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, and learn all about the development, the medical knowledge, how we know about this facet of ancient life and the development of Christianity which was a catalyst for a shift in the way abortion and contraceptives were and are, viewed.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
0:45 How far back do the concepts of abortion and contraceptives go?
1:59 Abortion in ancient texts
6:16 The types of abortion in the ancient world
8:30 Did ancient abortions and contraceptives work?
9:35 Access to abortion
13:30 The social views on abortion
16:50 Ancient religion and abortion
18:30 The social shift in the views on abortion

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Family Planning in Greco-Roman Antiquity https://member.worldhistory.org/article/2024/family-planning-in-greco-roman-antiquity/
Family Planning in the Ancient Near East https://member.worldhistory.org/article/2054/family-planning-in-the-ancient-near-east/
The Origins of Christian Teachings on Human Sexuality https://member.worldhistory.org/article/2029/the-origins-of-christian-teachings-on-human-sexual/
Ancient Roman Family Life https://member.worldhistory.org/article/870/ancient-roman-family-life/

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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