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Malaria: A Neglected Factor in the History of Greece and Rome

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"Malaria: A Neglected Factor in the History of Greece and Rome" by William Henry Samuel Jones is a thoroughly researched and thought-provoking examination of the impact of malaria on the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. Jones skillfully weaves together historical accounts, archaeological evidence, and scientific research to make a compelling argument for the significant role that malaria played in shaping key events and developments in these societies.

The author presents a convincing case for how the prevalence of malaria in certain regions influenced settlement patterns, agriculture, military campaigns, and even the health and mortality rates of ancient populations. By highlighting the ways in which malaria outbreaks could devastate communities and disrupt economies, Jones sheds new light on familiar historical events and underscores the importance of considering disease as a factor in understanding the rise and fall of ancient civilizations.

While the subject matter may be niche and specialized, Jones' accessible writing style and engaging narrative make this book a valuable contribution to the study of ancient history and public health. Readers interested in the intersections of medicine, archaeology, and classical studies will find much to appreciate in this illuminating and well-researched work.

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This short book has the objective of showing how important it is to stamp out malaria as soon as possible. Unlike a plague that suddenly takes it victims and leaves its survivors, malaria is a debilitating infection. It seizes all, fit and unfit alike, gradually lessening the general vitality until, in some cases, it has exterminated the people among whom it has become endemic. Extensive evidence has been compiled and summarised from consultation with medical authorities, antique literature, and historical sources to show how this insidious disease has undermined the integrity of a pair of ancient empires, and ultimately became a factor in their downfall. - Summary by Leon Harvey

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