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J R Soc Med. 1994 January; 87(1): 25–26.
PMCID: PMC1294277

Length of life in the ancient world: a controlled study.


The length of life for a population of ancient Greek and Roman men with quoted dates of birth and death has been compared statistically with three sample populations from different periods. It was found that the ancients who were born before 100 BC lived as long as the moderns who died before 1950; they lived significantly shorter lives than those who have died in the present half century.

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