Roman Medicine & Healthcare in Britain
Wroxeter (Viroconium Cornoviorum) – the fourth largest city in Roman Britain and the capital of the Cornovii tribe - is one of Britain`s best preserved but least known archaeological sites. A massive structure, known as the `Old Work` - marking the entrance into the main baths from the exercise hall - still stands over seven metres high.
In addition to the bathing complex, market hall and forum this tour will include a visit to a beautifully reconstructed Roman house and the recently re-vamped on-site museum. We will also see columns and building blocks from the Roman public buldings that have been incorporated into Wroxeter`s church.
Eye problems were a particular problem across the Roman Empire and Wroxeter was probably a centre for the treatment of eye diseases. A walk around the visible remains of the Viroconium is also a great opportunity to learn more about the Roman approach to health and wellbeing….and what this can still teach us today.
During the day we will be based in the `Roman Room` at the splendid Wroxeter Hotel for talks, discussions and the afternoon practical session. From here it is a gentle 8-minute flat walk to the main site and 3 minutes to the church.
Study Day -
Coffee on arrival at Wroxeter Hotel (Roman Suite)
10.15am An introductory talk on Greco-Roman Medicine, the links to Wroxeter & Roman Britain and its continuing relevance today.
11.15am Guided tour and walk around the re-vamped Wroxeter Museum, the reconstructed Roman house and the Roman site with a particular focus on health and wellbeing.
1pm Lunch: Break for soup, sandwiches and refreshments at the Wroxeter Hotel.
2pm Interactive practical session (medicines & surgery). This is a chance to learn more about Roman surgical and medical treatments. There will be opportunities to handle some replica medical instruments and, also, attempt some minor surgical techniques, repair wounds, stamp an eye salve and make/taste an indigestion remedy.
3.30pm Visit to Wroxeter Church to examine re-used stonework from the Baths-Basilica.
4.15pm Concluding remarks and questions.