Despite Sanitation Tech, Parasites Spread During Roman Empire

Despite Sanitation Tech, Parasites Spread During Roman EmpireR&D Magazine, Jan 8 2016.

As the Roman Empire spread its tendrils across the surrounding geographic landscape, it disseminated ideas regarding literature, engineering, culture, cuisine, religion, and even hygiene. In fact, the Romans are credited with introducing sanitation technology to Europe roughly 2,000 years ago.

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This is a photograph of Roman latrines from Lepcis Magna in Libya. Source: Craig Taylor

But Romanization can also be defined by its spread of parasites.

New research from Univ. of Cambridge’s Piers Mitchell, a member of the Archaeology and Anthropology Dept., has revealed that despite the Roman’s penchant for cleanliness, intestinal parasites and dysentery persisted and even increased following the Iron Age.

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