Jul 26, 2004
Our Roman Medicine section continues… One form of surgery in ancient Rome was the Caesarean Section childbirth procedure. A common misconception is that Julius Caesar himself was born under this procedure, but that is completely without merit….
Jul 25, 2004
In 87 BC, after securing his command in the Mithridatic War, Sulla moved his legions to Greece. Sulla’s Offensive not only kicked off the end of the Mithridates’ expansion, but would eventually secure himself as the foremost Roman general of the time.
Jul 24, 2004
Roman Surgery While civilian medical treatments, the so called doctors of the day were mostly inadequate at best, surgeons were highly advanced and skilled professionals. A detailed knowledge of anatomy and its functions led to many surgical operations in line with success rates enjoyed in the modern era. Most surgeries in the ancient world were [...]
Jul 22, 2004
After Sulla settled matters of his own authority in Rome, he went on the campaign against Mithridates of Pontus. Political measures both in the east and in Rome helped contribute to the rise of Mithridates and conflict with Rome seemed unavoidable. The Mithridatic War was the first in a series of wars that eventually established [...]
Jul 21, 2004
The Ancient Roman Doctors were not nearly as highly regarded as those in Greece. The profession itself, outside of the legions, was considered a low social position, fit for slaves, freedmen and non-latin citizens, mainly Greeks. While there were some who were respected, most were considered just as they were, cheaters, liars and quacks. The [...]
Jul 20, 2004
While the application of medicines and cures was a guessing methodology at best, with some undoubtedly dangerous use of elements such as toxic mercury, the ancients used very sophisticated Roman Medical Tools.
Jul 18, 2004
Ancient Roman Medicine was a combination of some limited scientific knowledge, and a deeply rooted religious and mythological system. While knowledge of anatomy was quite impressive, and many surgical techniques were only surpassed in the modern age, the application of medicines and cures was simplistic and largely ineffective. Much of the Roman system was adopted [...]
Jul 17, 2004
The Roman Triumph, especially in the Republican era was the crowning achievement of a Roman General. The procession of the Roman army, allowed within the city gates for this special event, captured leaders and slaves, and any treasure looted on campaign, was a grand spectacle of enormous proportions. The historical tradition of the ritual came [...]
Jul 16, 2004
With continuing political strife, Sulla’s appointment to lead the war against Mithridates was short lived. Through the intrigue of Marius and Tribune Sulpicius Rufus, Sulla was stripped of his command. Sulla’s March on Rome proved his desperation to preserve his own imperium, and was the first time a Roman general did so.
Jul 15, 2004
Some interesting news regarding the Roman Empire: Chipping Ongar Dig Points To A Hidden Roman Town Pompeii Find Shows Secrets Of The Samnites Caesar’s Wife Statue Made Whole Again
Jul 14, 2004
Roman Weddings The Roman wedding is the basis for many modern western marriage customs. While there are some differences (especially regarding ages and choice of spouse), the similarities that have survived are quite remarkable…
Jul 13, 2004
Roman Marriage Prior to 445 BC, intermarriage (connubium) between patricians and plebeians was forbidden. After that the children of such marriages took the social rank of the father, be it patrician or plebeian, regardless of the mother?s status. After both families had agreed to a marriage, and the consent of the parents or persons in [...]
Jul 12, 2004
The next great ‘imperator’ to rule Rome after Gaius Marius was Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Thanks to Sulla?s own personal memoirs, which have been lost to history, though preserved through the works of others, such as Plutarch, we actually know a great deal about him and the time period. Sulla was cunning and ruthless when necessary, [...]