(ORDO NEWS) — Based on well-preserved documents, scientists concluded that Julius Caesar’s health problems were not associated with epilepsy, as previously thought, but with microstrokes.
The great ancient Roman statesman and commander, stabbed to death on March 15, 44 BC. e., according to researchers from Imperial College London, had many symptoms that clearly point to this ailment.
According to Plutarch, during the battle of Thapsus (46 BC), Caesar lost consciousness and fell, which excluded his further command in battle.
Similarly, Caesar fell unconscious during his military campaigns in Spain and Africa. Scientists believe that the commander’s malaise was caused by a series of micro-strokes, and not by an attack of epilepsy.
Caesar and disease
According to Dr. Khutan Ashrafian, an Imperial College surgeon, Caesar had regular symptoms suggestive of a stroke: headache, dizziness, weakness, and loss of consciousness. Moreover, during meetings in the Senate, when Caesar was honored by senators, he sometimes could not even stand up.
Also noteworthy are Caesar’s father and grandfather, who died under mysterious circumstances. This, according to scientists, suggests that they may also have suffered the strokes that killed them.
Further evidence in favor of the theory put forward by the London team is that towards the end of his life, Caesar struggled with severe depression, which is a side effect of a stroke.
See also: Julius Caesar’s ambitious plans before his death .
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