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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Sarah Yeomans


Doctors, Diseases and Deities: Epidemic Crises and Medicine in Ancient Rome


Life in the ancient Roman world could be risky business. The perils of war, disease, famine and childbirth are a just a few examples of circumstances that contributed to a much lower average lifespan than that which we enjoy today. People in antiquity were no less concerned about the prevention and cure of maladies than they are now, however, and entire cults, sanctuaries and professions dedicated to health dotted the spiritual, physical and professional landscapes of the ancient world. In her presentation, Yeomans examines a recently excavated, as-yet unpublished archaeological site that has substantially contributed to our understanding of what ancient Romans did to combat disease and injury, as well as archaeological evidence for how they responded to one of the most horrifying epidemics the ancient world had ever seen: The Antonine Plague of the 2nd Century AD.

Sarah Yeomans is an archaeologist specializing in the Early Imperial period of ancient Rome. She is adjunct faculty in the department of Religious Studies at West Virginia University and is pursing her doctorate at the University of Southern California. She is also the Director of Educational Programs at the Biblical Archaeology Society in Washington DC. Yeomans has excavated in England, France, Israel and Italy and has worked on several television and film productions, most recently as an interviewed expert on Fox's The Nativity: Facts, Fiction and Faith. She is a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library and Museum in Los Angeles and a Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California. She is generally happiest when covered in dirt, roaming archaeological sites somewhere in the Mediterranean region.

Date: 10/27/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

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