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

Project Details


A new project in collaboration with the King’s Centre for Military Health Research and the University of Bristol School of Humanities. Initial workshop supported by the University of Bristol’s Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research.

What does it mean to be 'fit' for war? 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.

Recruitment rhetoric proclaims that to serve means to ‘be the best’, an idea which has echoed throughout Western military history, yet the physical and mental repercussions of active duty can persist well after discharge. Although war tactics and technology are constantly evolving, the human body remains one of the foremost materials and currencies in war-making – just as it was 2,000 years ago.

The project aims to bring together academics, healthcare professionals and armed forces personnel to develop new understandings of military health and wellbeing.

Layman's description

Exploring attitudes and practices concerning military health, ancient and modern.
Effective start/end date1/10/22 → …


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