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

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3.8 Using texts and objects

Throughout this course, you’ve been invited to think about how it is possible to reconstruct health in the ancient world from a mixture of texts and objects. This isn’t always straightforward though.

Roman surgical instruments found at Pompeii.
Figure 21 Roman surgical instruments found at Pompeii

You should complete Activity 7 now, which asks you to consider the challenges of using text and objects as evidence.

Activity 7

Can you think of one example from the course which made you aware of the point that neither objects nor texts are entirely straightforward to interpret?

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