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Skeletal Remains and the Health of the Population at Pompeii

Estelle Lazer

in The Economy of Pompeii

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780198786573
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191828898 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786573.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

Skeletal Remains and the Health of the Population at Pompeii

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This chapter by Estelle Lazer discusses the health of Pompeii’s population based on the skeletal remains found on site. It offers a critical discussion of this massively complicated dataset, which has been badly preserved and was badly recorded by the excavators, and argues that it is still possible to use Pompeian bones to extract some basic indicators about the health of Pompeii’s AD 79 population, particularly concerning dental health, stature, and diseases that leave their mark on bones. Lazer cautiously suggests that the evidence allows for a more optimistic view of the health of the Pompeian population than some scholars have suggested in the past. In particular, the evidence suggests that a significant number of Pompeians was living well into old age.

Keywords: diseases; stature; health; Pompeii; skeletal remains

Chapter.  9904 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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