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Galen: The Father of Modern Medicine and Anatomy

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Graeco-Roman Civilization has shaped the modern world in many ways. Among these is the fact that it laid the foundations for modern medicine. Perhaps no single person did more for the development of medicine in the Ancient World than the physician Galen. His genius helped to establish

Christianity and the Rise of the Hospital in the Ancient World

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Most of us are lucky enough to be within driving distance of a major hospital. It is often the case that we take our medical services for granted. In the Classical era, things were very different. Though the Greeks and Romans made many innovations, they failed to

Quarantine in the Ancient World

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The World Health Organization has declared the COVID 19 outbreak a pandemic. This has caused something of a global panic and has led to a great deal of economic dislocation. This has led to many governments imposing an obligatory system separating many people that may be carrying

A Bitter Pill to Swallow

By Ben Potter This week we’re looking at a very controversial, and not-oft addressed topic in Ancient Greek and Roman history… one that might make a few of our readers a bit squeamish. That’s right, this column is all about archaic views towards birth, birth control, abortion and all things gynecological. Consider yourself forewarned! It