birth, death, God, monuments, pregnancy

The histories of miscarriage and stillbirth

Three children who died too young: what can they tell us about how we frame and then answer our questions about the past?

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birth, death, Hippocrates, midwives, pregnancy

Birth and risk: perceiving risk in historical societies

How can you work out past societies' awareness of risk, before stats come along to help? How was risk handled in ancient Greece?

pregnancy, womb

What women know about sex (and eggs)

  One of the best-known stories from the ancient Greek medical texts tells of a slave entertainer who became pregnant but didn’t know what to do about it. In one of the versions that survived, from the Hippocratic treatise On Generation/Nature of the Child, she realized she was pregnant and told her owner, who in… Continue reading What women know about sex (and eggs)