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"An important book with serious claims to make about the nature of the disease environments of Roman Italy, with wider implications for our understanding of Mediterranean history."-- American Historical Review


"Bringing together ancient literary and archaeological evidence, comparative historical material on malaria, and the latest scientific research on the disease and its ecology, Sallares shows that [the malarial strain] P. Falciparum can be traced far back into Greek and Italian history.... The demographic impact of this expanding pattern of disease is Sallares's main concern, and he provides a broad overview and a series of local studies to demonstrate it."--Times Literary Supplement


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Robert Sallares is Research Fellow in Biomolecular Sciences, UMIST.
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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199248508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199248506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,373,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By 9spades on February 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a classic's student and one who studies the subject area of diseases in the ancient world and their impact on the lower classes, I've read most of the works in English on the subject. This book is by far the most extensive treatment of Malaria and it's impact on Romans on the Italian Peninsula. When I first read the book I was unfamiliar with the details and the book illustrated all those points very well. The author is also responsible for identifying the earliest recorded cases of Malaria on the peninsula using DNA extraction.
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For people who are researching disease in the ancient world, this book is a treasure trove of information. The bibliography alone is worth finding this book. It's well written and presented in a manner that's not going to completely overwhelm people. With it's combination of ancient, historical, and modern findings, Malaria and Rome is a comprehensive review of the topic.
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