air is beaten

aiyu

Senior Member
Japanese
Tourists imagined malaria was caused by emanations from the earth, and claimed that visitors put themselves at risk if they moved too quickly from a hot and sunny spot to a cool damp one. Consequently, some claimed the Ghetto was malaria free because, as William Wetmore Story observed, it was a place where ‘the air is much beaten by a constant concourse of people’.

This is from a book 'Rome: A History in Seven Sackings'.
The last part is a bit difficult to understand. Does this mean 'the air is ventilated by a constant influx of people'?
Thanks in advance.
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    The idea seems to be that a lot of people were coming and going (or perhaps, just talking) in the Ghetto, which promoted air circulation.
     
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