Too Busy To Be Sick? Roman Medicine and Its Users

Thursday 21/03/13 00:00

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX

In the first century AD, the Roman encyclopedist Pliny famously wrote that the Romans had not used doctors until the first Greek physician arrived in their city.
Thursday 21st March, 7pm An evening lecture with Professor Helen King In the first century AD, the Roman encyclopedist Pliny famously wrote that the Romans had not used doctors until the first Greek physician arrived in their city. Trying to make sense of this claim, scholars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries speculated that the Romans had no need of doctors because they were so active! This talk will examine the myths surrounding Roman medicine, and describe how diseases were explained and treated. Helen is Professor of Classical Studies, and moved to the OU from the University of Reading in 2011. Her first degree, at UCL, was in Ancient History and Social Anthropology and she then held research fellowships in Cambridge and Newcastle, taught in Liverpool for 8 years, and arrived in Reading on a Wellcome Trust University Award in 1996. Cost: £5.65 or £5 to season ticket holders. All lectures are from 7- 8.30pm (this includes time for questions). Finish times may vary. Contact details: Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX Tel: 01285 655611