THE (UN)HEALTHY POOR: WEALTH, POVERTY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE IN THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD

I Bonati

Abstract


This article explores the connection between the theme of
wealth/poverty and medicine in Greco-Roman Antiquity. Special
attention is devoted to the changes implied by the transition towards
Christianity. The Church has played a fundamental role in the
creation of an organized system to assist the sick and needy through
the establishment of ‘hospitals’. The socio-cultural impact of this
topic promotes an interdisciplinary approach based on literary,
papyrological and archaeological evidence. In particular, Greek
papyri from Egypt provide original information on structures for
medical care, philanthropic programs and charitable institutions in
the cities and villages of the Egyptian chora.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/64-0-1004

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