Skeletons give insight into ancient Roman healthcare

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The skeletons of twin children found in Pompeii have revealed that even poor Roman families were able to provide basic healthcare for their sick children.

Archaeologists also discovered that the twins may have suffered from the first recorded case of congenital syphilis in ancient Rome. Syphilis was not thought to have existed in Europe until 1400 years later.

Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town will be broadcast on BBC Two at 2100GMT on Tuesday 14th December, or afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

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