Lead poisoning and the Roman empire


Lead poisoning may have helped to destroy the Roman Empire.

Lead poisoning most probably afflicted the majority of Roman emperors, including for instance Claudius, Caligula, and Nero, who drank wine flavoured with syrup made in lead pots.

Lead poisoning causes gout, but also lead to organ, tissue, and brain problems—severe symptoms that affected so many emperors that it is likely that it contributed to the end of the Roman Empire.

This may be one of the main explanations for emperors unwise decisions that had a major effect on the fall of the empire. Many of them would definitely suffer from lead poisoning. The results of lead poisoning are gout, being irrational, aggressive, temperamental and the cause of unwise decisions – that in many cases caused great harm to the Roman empire.

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Bennie Mostert
By Bennie Mostert