Medical Practices in Roman Spain: Report on a Pilot Study of the Archaeological Remains of Medical Tools

Baker, Patricia A (2010) Medical Practices in Roman Spain: Report on a Pilot Study of the Archaeological Remains of Medical Tools. . Stanford University (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In his Natural History, Pliny the Elder (25. 85) stated that the Cantabri, an indigenous group of people who lived in the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis, devised an elixir consisting of one-hundred herbs that they drank to maintain their health. Pliny’s story is one of a rare few comments in ancient literature that refers to localised traditions of medical practices in the Roman provinces. His statement was the initiating factor in undertaking a pilot study that asked how the native populations of the three provinces of Roman Spain responded to the introduction of Graeco-Roman medical philosophies and practices in contrast to their own healing traditions after the incorporation of Hispania into the empire (1st century BC). This paper gives a short overview of my preliminary findings and explains why it is necessary to consider provincial medical practices in historical examinations of Roman medicine from an archaeological perspective.

Item Type: Internet publication
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
D History General and Old World > DP Spain
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Patricia Baker
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 11:39
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 11:34
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26308 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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