Course Three Details
What can the Romans teach us about healthy diets and exercise today?
Four Week Course
One, 1.5 to 2.0 hour session per week
Live online teaching with Zoom conferencing
Week One: Introduction
Basic introduction and background. We explore the ancient theories of the four humours.
Week Two: Ancient conceptions of a healthy regimen
We explore Greek and Roman advice for heath maintenance: exercise, diet, and bathing.
Week Three: Healthy spaces
In this session, we explore healthy spaces in the ancient world: public gardens, baths, and gymnasia. We consider the link between a healthy body and mind and how the Romans thought these spaces encouraged both. We also ask if we can learn anything from them about making healthy spaces today.
Week Four: Taste, diet and home-grown food. Roman foods and recipes
Ancient agriculture, cooking techniques, and ideas about a healthy diet are explored. We compare Roman ideas to those we have today to think about sustainable and organic farming.
Week Five: Bonus week
This session is extra for anyone who has questions or ideas about any of the topics covered in the previous weeks or wants to explain some Roman recipes that they tried making.