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Many diseases among poor

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Roman scuplture of couple
Roman scuplture of couple

More than 90% of the population of Roman Empire came from the rural poor and it was barely making ends meet. The Roman historian Titus Livius mentions a centurion who in the 2nd century BCE. After inheriting a provincial house and one iugerum (about two-thirds of an acre) of land, he had to feed his wife and eight children.

The deduction of skeletons from various regions of the Empire proves that over the centuries the poorest population suffered numerous epidemics and malnutrition.

  • McKeown J. C., A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World’s Greatest Empire, 2010

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