Pompeii – good food and syphilis

Just saw an article on the BBC news website saying that research in Pompeii has shown that people ate a very good diet, and if they made it past the age of about 10, then they would probably live almost as long as we do today.  One of the rewards for getting through childhood was the risk of catching syphilis though, which was until recently traditionaly believed to have been imported from the Americas by Christopher Columbus, many centuries after Vesuvius erupted. And the myth that ancient people were all very small also seems to have been disproved. The average Pompeian was in fact taller than his counterparts in modern day Naples.

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