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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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The Pontine Marshes

The Pontine Marshes

(p.168) 6 The Pontine Marshes
Malaria and Rome

Robert Sallares

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the history of the Pontine Marshes in the south of Rome in relation to malaria, for which the region was notorious until the bonifications of Mussolini. The accounts given by early modern travellers are discussed, including ancient evidence for the development of the marshes in antiquity and for the history of the Roman occupation of the area. The evidence of archaeological field surveys is also considered.

Keywords:   bonifications, Mussolini, early modern travellers, field surveys

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