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High infant mortality in ancient Rome

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A child dressed as a Roman
A child dressed as a Roman

Although the Roman Empire was powerful and was inhabited by a huge mass of people, it still, like other countries of that period, had a high infant mortality rate. In ancient Rome, infant mortality ranged from 15% to 35%.

Already at the birth of the child, he was given from 20 to 25 years of age. Only after the age of 5, it was assumed that the child would live to be 40. In turn, a Roman matron was able to give birth to 6 to 9 children.

  • Scheidel, Walter, Demography w W. Scheidel, I. Morris i R. Saller, The Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 38-86

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