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

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3.5 The importance of location

The open pages of an illustrated manuscript decorated in gold and other bright colours.
Figure 12 Hippocrates’ Aphorismi manuscript

In the next activity, you will look at the work of Hippocrates to think about diet.

Activity 9

Return to the Perseus Project here [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] and find the list of works attributed to Hippocrates. Select ‘Hippocrates Collected Works I (English)’ and go to the treatise Airs Waters Places. Select ‘Part 1’ and read what it says about the importance of the location of a town and the way of life of those who live there.

What does this tell you about ancient diet?

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You will return to diet in Week 3.