Roman Medicine and Healthcare at Bath29th Nov 2024

Roman Medicine and Healthcare at Bath



In addition to exploring the bathing complex, temple courtyard and hot spring this tour will take us through the museum to view the splendid Roman finds from Aquae Sulis and the surrounding area. Highlights include the Temple pediment, the Façade of the Four Seasons, Minerva`s head and the Haruspex stone.

A morning visit to Aquae Sulis will set the scene for an afternoon learning about the Roman approach to health and wellbeing – and what it can still teach us today. In addition to examining some aspects of Roman medical and surgical treatments consideration will be given to the broader focus on health in the classical world.

Ancient sites such as Bath were about developing a more holistic approach to care including an emphasis on the preservation of health as well as the treatment of disease. Alongside encouraging sensible eating, sufficient exercise and rest some Romans visiting Aquae Sulis might have been subject to dream healing, arts-type therapies, water treatments and awe walks.   


1 Day


Full Price£185

(excludes flights)

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What to Expect

  • Guided tour and walk around the remains of Aquae Sulis.
  • Handle replica medical instruments.
  • Make and taste an indigestion remedy.

Day by Day Itinerary

Coffee on arrival at Bath (Education Suite)

10.15 am Setting the scene. Brief introductory talk on Greco-Roman Medicine and the links to Bath.

10.45 am Guided tour and walk around the remains of Aquae Sulis and the museum with a particular focus on health and wellbeing.

1pm Lunch

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 replica medical instruments and, also, attempt some minor surgical techniques, repair wounds, stamp an eye salve and make/taste an indigestion remedy.

3pm Talk: `Ancient Wisdom and Modern Medicine`

4pm Tea

4.15pm Concluding remarks and questions.

4.45pm Disperse

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