Death And The Afterlife : Roman, Christianity And Epicureanism

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Death and the Afterlife Roman, Christianity and Epicureanism. Death in Ancient Rome In Ancient Rome diseases were quite common, and with little knowledge of medical practices, the average age of life expectancy was approximately thirty-five years old. However, a lot of babies died before they were even one-year-old. Roughly, about a quarter of all babies born died before they were a year old, this statistic being one out of every four babies born. This was generally from birth defects or inherited diseases, as well as being so small and weak that they were not able to fight anything off. A lot of children also died. About half of all the babies born died before they turned the age of ten, the reasoning behind this being the same for that of babies. From the ages of ten and forty, it is believed that hardly anybody died of disease since, at this age, people are generally healthy and strong. If death occurred during this age period, it was generally because men were killed in war or because women died in childbirth. It was very unusual for people to live into their older years of life. Despite this, diseases spread throughout Rome easily and since nobody had proper knowledge on medical practices, many people died this way. Ancient Rome Preparation of the Dead: The preparation of the deceased was a very important role in funerals for Romans. Certain guidelines were followed at this time of the process. If one was near the point of death, the closest relation who was present

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