Preparing the body and mind for war in the ancient and modern armed forces

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Supported by Bristol's Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, seed fund.
Collaboration between School of Humanities, University of Bristol, and King's College London Military Health Research Centre.

How do you prepare your body and mind for military service? How much has changed in the long history of human warfare, from the Ancient Mediterranean to today? This workshop invites researchers, teachers and Armed Forces community to discuss military and veteran health before and during military service, with a view to comparing ancient and modern attitudes to combatants’ health. What does it mean to be ‘fit’ for war, to be ‘combat ready’?

This initial workshop brought together academics, healthcare professionals and armed forces personnel to explore how combatants think about their own health, and how military health necessarily differs from civilian.
Period5 Oct 2022
Event typeWorkshop


  • military
  • health
  • war
  • wellbeing
  • ancient history