The plague of athens was a devastating epidemic which hit the city-state of athens in ancient greece during the second year of the peloponnesian war (430 bc), when an athenian victory still seemed within reach it is believed to have entered athens through piraeus, the city's port and sole source of food. No one knows what caused the plague of athens in the 5th century bc one popular theory is ebola—but to discover the source of an outbreak millennia after the fact, scientists need victims' remains and a bit of luck. The plague of athens occurred during the early years of the peloponnesian war the first outbreak was in the summer of 430-429bc which lasted two years and the second outbreak in the winter of 426 which lasted no less than a year during this time the city was under siege by sparta so the population had been moved. In 430 bc, a plague struck the city of athens, which was then under siege by sparta during the peloponnesian war (431-404 bc) in the next 3 years, most of the population was infected, and perhaps as many as 75,000 to 100,000 people, 25% of the city's population, died the athenian general and historian thucydides.
Recent data implicate salmonella enterica serovar typhi as a causative pathogen of the plague of athens during the peloponnesian war (430-426 bc) according to thucydides, the sudden outbreak of the disease may link to poisoning of the water reservoirs by the spartans the siege of a city was aimed. Ever wonder what happened to athens join me as we learn about the plague of athens and the peloponnesian war this is only my second video and i was kind of. Author: sprat, thomas, 1635-1713 title: the plague of athens, which hapned in the second year of the peloponnesian warre first described in greek by thucydides, then in latin by lucretius / now attempted in english, by tho sprat publication info: ann arbor, mi oxford (uk) :: text creation partnership, 2003-11.
A philological, epidemiological, and clinical analysis of the plague of athens 3 1 abstract in the summer of 430 bc during the peloponnesian war, a plague hit athens a few days after the spartans besieged the city the plague raged continuously for two years and broke out again in 427 bc most. The plague of athens was a devastating epidemic that ravaged the city-state of athens in ancient greece in 430 bce, during the second year of the peloponnesian war (431-404 bce), when an athenian victory still seemed within reach the disease killed over 30,000 citizens, sailors, and soldiers of.
Abstract during the plague of athens, foreign refugees as well as inhabitants of nearby rural areas flood- ed the city, establishing the necessary conditions for the epidemic to spread rapidly to other parts of greece athens, formerly greece's most open and accepting city-state with regards to resident aliens ('metics'). In 2015, the justice league found themselves unable to combat the deadly amazo virus it affected humans and metahumans in fantastical and horrific ways , ultimately killing its victims superman and wonder woman were among the immune, being an alien and a god respectfully, and thus, they were on. In the 2nd year of the peloponnesian war, 430 bce, an outbreak of plague erupted in athens the illness would persist throughout scattered parts of greece and the eastern mediterranean until finally dying out in 426 bce the origin of the epidemic occurred in sub-saharan africa just south of ethiopia the disease swept.
The plague of athens: between 430-426 bce, the greek city state of athens suffered a mysterious and devastating plague, reputed to have reduced the population of athens by up to a quarter. The plague among the most famous parts of thucydides' history of the peloponnesian war is his account of the plague that killed nearly a third of the athenian population in the summer of 430 and caused greater loss of human life than the rest of the archidamian war (a mass grave discovered in 1994. Two problems involving thucydides and medicine have attracted intense treatment by classical scholars and medical men working separately or in combination they are, first, the nature of the athenian plague which thucydides describes and, second, the possibility of his having been influenced by the.
In a way they did -- when they forced the athenians to batten down the hatchet if you will for a long period as the spartans surrounded the city that caused over crowding in a city not really designed to house extra people from the country side o. Learn about the plague in athens and the devastation it caused in this webisode connected to our full episode inside the national archeological museum stream every episode of museum secrets at vimeo on demand: ondemand/museumsecrets and vhx:.
Athens, greece, january 23, 2006 – scientists have for many years debated the cause of the plague of athens analysis carried out by manolis papagrigorakis and colleagues using dna collected from teeth from an ancient greek burial pit points to typhoid fever as the disease responsible for this devastating epidemic. Background until now, in the absence of direct microbiological evidence, the cause of the plague of athens has remained a matter of debate among scientists who have relied exclusively on thucydides' narrations to introduce several possible diagnoses a mass burial pit, unearthed in the kerameikos ancient cemetery of. The plague of athens was an epidemic that devastated the city-state of athens in ancient greece during the second year of the peloponnesian war (430 bc) when an athenian victory still seemed within reach it is believed to have entered athens through piraeus, the city's port and sole source of food and supplies much of. The athenian plague occurred in 430-26 bc during the peloponnesian war, which was fought between athens and sparta from 431 to 404 because of overcrowded wartime conditions in the city, the plague spread quickly, killing tens of thousands included among its victims was pericles, the former leader of athens.