Human parasites in the Roman World: health consequences of conquering an empire

  title={Human parasites in the Roman World: health consequences of conquering an empire},
  author={Piers D. Mitchell},
  pages={48 - 58}
SUMMARY The archaeological evidence for parasites in the Roman era is presented in order to demonstrate the species present at that time, and highlight the health consequences for people living under Roman rule. Despite their large multi-seat public latrines with washing facilities, sewer systems, sanitation legislation, fountains and piped drinking water from aqueducts, we see the widespread presence of whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) and Entamoeba histolytica… 

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  • P. Mitchell
  • Biology
    International journal of paleopathology
  • 2013