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Title: Did Lead Poisoning Bring Down Ancient Rome?
Post by: Caesar on July 04, 2014, 11:46:35 AM
When in ancient Rome, donít drink as the Romans do. High-born Romans sipped beverages cooked in lead vessels and channeled spring water into their homes through lead pipes (pictured). Some historians argue that lead poisoning plagued the Roman elite with diseases such as gout and hastened the empire's fall. Now, a team of archaeologists and scientists has discovered just how contaminated Roman tap water was.

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