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Malaria and Rome: A History of Malaria in Ancient Italy

Robert Sallares


This book is the first comprehensive study of malaria in ancient Italy since the research of the distinguished Italian malariologist, Angelo Celli, in the early 20th century. It demonstrates the importance of disease patterns in understanding ancient human demography. It argues that malaria became prevalent in Roman times in central Italy as a result of environmental changes, such as deforestation and the spread of certain types of mosquitoes. Using contemporary sources and comparative material from other periods, it is suggested that malaria had a significant effect on mortality rates in cert ... More

Keywords: mosquitoes, Roman Italy, disease interactions, demography, coastal geomorphology, ancient biomolecules, magical papyri

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248506
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Sallares, author
Research Fellow in Biomolecular Sciences, UMIST