Roman Military

Roman Military

Roman Military

Soldiers wounded in battle or afflicted by illness or disease would find themselves in the hands of the medical corps. In battle wounded soldiers may have been treated by field medics, milites medici or capsarii so-called after the capsa or box for bandages that they commonly carried.

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Capsarii treating the wounded as depicted on Trajan's Column, Rome, Italy.

The hospital or valetudinarium was a central part of Roman fort design. In Britain, at Housesteads, a potential hospital has been identified consisting of a series of small rooms arranged around a courtyard. The site at Housesteads is estimated to comprise of ten wards with two or three beds per ward allowing for a total of eight to twelve patients at one time.

 


 

 

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