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Malaria and RomeA History of Malaria in Ancient Italy$
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Robert Sallares

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248506.001.0001

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Types of malaria

Types of malaria

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(p.7) 2 Types of malaria
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Malaria and Rome
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Robert Sallares

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248506.003.0002

This chapter starts by considering the early history of the Italian word mal’aria and the four species of human malaria. The symptoms of malaria are examined, with a discussion of how malaria can be recognized in ancient texts. The periodicity of malaria fevers is then considered. Modern theories on the spread of malaria in southern Europe in antiquity are reviewed along with some of the most important ancient sources bearing on this question, such as the information provided by Celsus.

Keywords:   mal’aria, malaria species, malaria symptoms, malaria periodicity, Celsus

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