Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

Online Course

Future Learn
Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

What is the course about?

Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World
The course Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World is an online class provided by The Open University through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Use literary and archaeological evidence to see how ancient Greeks and Romans approached health, well-being and societal issues.
Course description
  • Understand Greek and Roman approaches to health and well-being
  • 6 weeks
  • What did being healthy in ancient Rome or Greece look like? How can we tell what well-being meant in ancient times?
  • This online course will help you investigate these questions, using both literary and archaeological evidence, to uncover details of real life in ancient societies.
  • We will divide the body up into organs and systems, using each to explore ancient theories on the structure and function of the human body.
  • We will discover what ancient societies thought about topics that we still wrestle with today – from the relationship between mind and body, to sexuality, ageing and gender.
  • What is health? Ancient and modern perspectives on health and disease
  • Medicine, religion and magic
  • Using online resources
  • Vision: theories of sight, approaches to eye disease, including drugs and surgery
  • Body modifications
  • Diet and digestion
  • Human waste: using evidence from toilets and sewers
  • Conception and birth: theories and practices
  • Ideal bodies and disabled bodies
  • The health of the army: recruiting and treating soldiers
  • There are no special requirements for this course, but an interest in the ancient world or classics might be useful.
  • The Open University
  • The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Prerequisites & Facts

Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

Course Topic

Ancient History, History, Psychology & Mental Health, Roman History

University, College, Institution

The Open University

Course Skill Level

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / The Open University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Topic: Ancient History, History, Psychology & Mental Health, Roman History
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