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Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

The Open University via FutureLearn

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Overview

Understand Greek and Roman approaches to health and well-being

What did being healthy in ancient Rome or Greece look like? How can we tell what well-being meant in ancient times?

This online course will help you investigate these questions, using both literary and archaeological evidence, to uncover details of real life in ancient societies.

We will divide the body up into organs and systems, using each to explore ancient theories on the structure and function of the human body.

We will discover what ancient societies thought about topics that we still wrestle with today – from the relationship between mind and body, to sexuality, ageing and gender.

There are no special requirements for this course, but an interest in the ancient world or classics might be useful.

Taught by

Helen King

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Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was an excellent introduction to health in Classical Antiquity. No knowledge of history of medicine, or ancient history was required, and after completing the course one actually do get a basic grasp of what medical history and classics are about! The course is especially focused on making connections between the ancient world and the healthcare issues that we have nowadays.

I highly recommend this course for people interested in Antiquity (there's no way to understand the ancient world without knowing about ancient bodies and how epople experienced their bodily problems on a daily basis!). But i also recommend it to all people interested broadly in the iossues of public health, health policy, cultural aspects of medicine, or history of health. It's great to have this kind of historical perspective on our current troubles with healthcare!

Go and take this course!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very stimulating material led to lively discussions among learners. No knowledge of Ancient Greece and Rome was necessary but a little bit helped. This is a very different way of thinking about the past!
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Dave R
4.0 2 years ago
by Dave completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
An interesting insight into the ancient world and health and wellbeing. Good involvement of the instructor and mentors and some reasonably good discussions on the forum.
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Brigitt B
4.0 a year ago
by Brigitt completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is engaging and provides interesting insights to the concept of illness and health; and daring recipes for remedies!
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