Develop confidence in exploring the variety of fields that constitute classical studies.
Explore and become familiar with open-access resources for classical studies.
Develop the ability to critically analyse primary sources.
Apply and gain skills in analysing complex problems based on fragmentary evidence.
Engage with contemporary interpretations and scholarly debates.
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.
What is health? Ancient and modern perspectives on health and disease
Medicine, religion and magic
Using online resources
Vision: theories of sight, approaches to eye disease, including drugs and surgery
Diet and digestion
Human waste: using evidence from toilets and sewers
Conception and birth: theories and practices
Ideal bodies and disabled bodies
The health of the army: recruiting and treating soldiers
There are no special requirements for this course, but an interest in the ancient world or classics might be useful.