Horace on Diseases




Słowa kluczowe:

Horacy, medycyna, medycyna rzymska, choroby, zdrowie, starożytny Rzym


Quintus Horatius Flaccus, vividly portrayed for us in his works both a picture of contemporary society and the world of his convictions and beliefs. Among the many researched issues in his work, there are some that still need to be addressed. These include references of a medical nature. The purpose of this article is to point out numerous of Horace’s medical references which give clues as to what health problems plagued Augustan Rome in particular.

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Adriana Grzelak-Krzymianowska - Uniwersytet Łódzki

Dr Adriana Grzelak-Krzymianowska is a researcher at the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Lodz. In 2002 graduated from the Faculty of Classical Studies at the University of Lodz on the basis of thesis on Lucretian anthropology. In 2012 obtained her Ph.D. with her dissertation on Lucretian ethics. Author of articles in Polish, English, Latin and Italian. Organiser of the conference: Rome and Iberia. Diversity of Relations from Antiquity to Modernity. Scientific interests: Epicurean philosophy in Rome, travel and resorts of ancient Rome, medical issues in Latin literature.


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Jak cytować

Grzelak-Krzymianowska, A. (2023). Horace on Diseases. Collectanea Philologica, (26), 119–130. https://doi.org/10.18778/1733-0319.26.10