Marcus Varro

In 36 BCE Marcus Varro, a Roman Statesman, Wrote About Germs and Described Them as Minute Creatures Which Cannot be Seen by the Eyes. 1,900 Years Later, the Germ Theory was Widely Accepted.

Marcus Terentius Varro was a prolific Roman author and polymath. He was described by Petrarch as the third great light of Rome and is sometimes referred to as Varro Reatinus to distinguish him from his younger contemporary, Varro Atacinus. But did you know that Varro studied microbes before the germ theory was developed? Marcus Varro, …

In 36 BCE Marcus Varro, a Roman Statesman, Wrote About Germs and Described Them as Minute Creatures Which Cannot be Seen by the Eyes. 1,900 Years Later, the Germ Theory was Widely Accepted. Read More »