Where did the Plague of Athens originate?


Where did the Plague of Athens originate?

Plague of Athens:

The Plague of Athens was an epidemic which occurred during the 5th century BC, caused by an unknown but extremely virulent pathogen which killed a vast number of people in the ancient world.

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According to the ancient Greek historian Thucydides, who was a contemporary of the outbreak (and also a survivor), the plague originated in Ethiopia,...

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Peloponnesian War and Thucydides


Chapter 3 / Lesson 4

This lecture covers the Peloponnesian War. First we enumerate the causes of the war. Then we examine Pericles' plan to win it. We see how Pericles' plan eventually fell apart and how the Athenians struggled without leadership until their eventual destruction at the hands of the Spartans.

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