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The Fall of the Roman Empire

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Post by Tubby » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:11 am

lpetrich;661057 wrote:Lead poisoning; Mercury damage
I would like to hear more about those. I remember a grade school teacher bringing up that the chemical symbol for lead is "Pb" for Plumbum, pointing out that we get "plumber" from that Latin word. "They used lead pipes for their drinking water," he said, and suggested lead poisoning as a possibility for the fall of the empire. I've not heard about mercury in connection with Rome.[/QUOTE]

Just saw this claim that the evidence is very much against the lead poisoning idea.

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