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Roman Britain Sources Questions

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History Practise Questions A - Source A can help you to learn about Roman attitudes towards health just from looking at the picture. The picture is an Aqueduct built by the Romans in Spain, this automatically shows us that the Romans liked to keep clean and were bothered about the type of water they drank and cleaned in, we know this because an Aqueduct is a channel for the water to pass through, so that the water doesn't get any diseases in it. The Romans built them to keep the water flowing correctly so that it would be delivered to the correct places and the water would be clean and suitable to drink. The Aqueduct will have been used for many things such as the baths were the Romans went to clean and socialise, it was a very public place the water will have had to have a good water system such as the aqueduct. The water supply will have been there to prevent diseases so that the life expectancy would increase. The aqueduct will have been very helpful in the army as it will have helped keep the soldiers healthy for battles, and when injured they would be able to use fresh water to help them. ...read more.

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The picture shows people moving the dead bodies and putting them under the ground. This shows that they had a small understanding of the germs that the dead bodies would be giving off, but it doesn't show that they had the knowledge of cleaning up the dirt in the rest of the street to get rid of other diseases. In source C it shows a picture of the town in 1832. In the picture it shows that the people's understanding still hadn't improved much as the streets were full of dirt and burning waste materials whilst people were stood watching. The houses also still look cramped and as though they would have no air in them, this shows little understanding about the over crowding in houses and how little air causes diseases. In the caption to the picture it says "during the cholera epidemic" the word cholera shows that the serious diseases weren't being prevented well enough as cholera was a very serious disease that kills hundreds. So from these sources it shows that peoples understanding of the causes of disease improved slightly but not enough to stop these diseases. ...read more.

Conclusion

Source D shows that the government showed no interest in cleaning up the dirty waste from the toilet as I can see in this picture that it was just dumped in the middle of the courtyard where the children were playing with it. The government should have made that effort to move the waste as it would have helped prevent a lot of the disease and would have been an important part in helping keep the place healthy. The cartoon in source E shows that the government had set up the NHS (National Health Service) and were helping out people by giving them medicines and treatments; this helped the poorer people as well as they were giving it to them for free. This may have been an important part in the keeping people healthy but as the picture shows even the doctors were claiming how it "tasted awful" this shows that the government weren't getting things completely right. The sources show that the government tried to make things healthier but didn't totally succeed, so it makes the government not an important part in helping people to keep healthy. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Hesketh 11E History - Mr Armstrong ...read more.

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