Health and Illness in the Ancient World with Helen Rhee

Episode 99 - October 28, 2022
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Helen Rhee (Westmont College) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss her work on illness, pain and healthcare in early Christianity. The conversation begins with an overview of medicine in Greco-Roman antiquity, and transitions from there to survey health and illness in the Hebrew Bible before moving on to early Christian times. The topics covered include changes over time in the association between the divine and health (or disease), asceticism, pain, and the new idea of Christian health through hospitals in cities. 

Our Guest

Helen Rhee

Professor of History of Christianity, Religious Studies – Westmont College

Helen Rhee