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Health and wellbeing in the ancient world
Health and wellbeing in the ancient world

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1.2 Talking about health

In this next video, Helen King, professor of Classical Studies at The Open University speaks to Mathijs Lucassen, from the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at The Open University, about how to find out what counts as ‘health’, both today and in the past. Their discussion introduces debates over how health is defined, and addresses the term ‘wellbeing’ and why it is used.

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Video 3 Talking about health
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Next you will look at another difference between past and present understandings of health, and explore how health in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds encompassed religion as well as medicine.