Other aspects of Roman life were more toxic than Lead (Pb): • Lead (Pb) water pipe, Roman, 20-47AD, owner’s name cast into the pipe - ‘ The most notable lady Valeria Messalina’ (3rd wife of Roman Emperor Claudius). (CC BY 4.0) Lead Pipe She was murdered by her husband after he found out about her extramarital affairs.
The affect on the Roman slaves doing Lead (Pb) smelting, handling must have been somewhat profound as compared to the affects of other miners Ancient Rome Mining.
Marcus Vitrūvius Pollio Vitrūvius: "Earthen pipe Water is more wholesome than Lead (Pb) pipe Water; Lead (Pb) must be injurious, because from it white lead [PbCO3, lead carbonate]; observe Lead (Pb) workers, who are of a pallid colour; destroy the vigour of the blood; That the flavour of that conveyed in earthen pipes is better, is shewn at our daily meals, for all those whose tables are furnished with silver vessels, nevertheless use those made of earth, from the purity of the flavour being preserved in them" (VIII.6.10-11) • Rather than encrusted lead pipes, the probable cause of chronic lead poisoning ( Plumbism or Saturnism ) because its symptoms seemed indicative of the god's melancholic and sullen character) was the consumption of defrutum and sapa. • Rome Lead Poison
Plumbārius Plumbāriī Plumber, of or pertaining to Lead (Pb) • Plumbum Lead (Pb) • Defrutum • Sapa: Ancient Roman cuisine Must reduction • Roman Lead Sugar Sweetener • Roman Sugar of Lead Thoughtco • Roman lead poisoning • μόλυβδος (mólubdos, “lead”) • Heavy Metal Genotoxicants: Arsenic (As), Lead (Pb) Mercury (Hg) • plumb • Ancient Roman pottery Lead-glazed • Ancient Roman Lead (Pb) accendency decendency correspondence: Roman Plumbing • plumbing • [ blood lead level of 10* μg/dL causes concern ] [ Non-Detect (ND) or less than 1 ppb (ug/L) or .001 ppm (mg/L) ]
well, we do know its likely full of led. the romans made pipelines made out of led to bring water to their cities. sounds good, doesnt work. led can lead to brain dammage if ingested, so their water transmition sistem was generaly mildly poisoned and well, its reasonable to assume that wine-making technology was rather primitive, so altho we have no proof to say so, i wouldnt be surprised if ancient wine tasted like crap
Actually, Roman women and girls weren't allowed to drink alcohol. After marriage, husbands reserved the right to kiss their wives whenever they wanted with or without consent just to see if there was alcohol on their breath. If she was found to have alcohol on her breath she would be punished no less severely than a son or daughter of the same household.