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Epidemics and Plagues

Outbreaks of infectious, deadly diseases have decimated human populations since we first began to congregate. One of the causes of the Fall of Rome is thought to have been Bubonic Plague.
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10 Plagues in Egypt
In the Biblical book of Exodus, Moses wanted to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt, but the pharaoh resisted. The 10 plagues were a divine demonstration of power and displeasure designed to persuade the pharaoh to "let my people go," in the words of the spiritual "Go Down Moses." There is debate as to whether there is any physical evidence for...

Review - Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs
Mythology adds zest to this fascinating survey of man's inhumanity to man. In Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs - Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World, Adrienne Mayor demonstrates how only minor details regarding how best to destroy one's enemy have changed over the millennia.

Egyptian Plagues
The names of the 10 plagues of Egypt from the Bible book of Exodus.

Kerameikos - Cemetery Where the Plague Victims Were Found
Kerameikos was a community of potters with a cemetery in ancient Athens.

Plagues and Poxes
Review of Plagues and Poxes : The Impact of Human History on Epidemic Diseases, by Alfred Jay Bollet.

Ancient History of Smallpox
A quick look at smallpox in antiquity.

Thucydides - Plague
Thucydides tells of the outbreak of plague among the closed-in citizens of Athens which led to the death of many, including Pericles.

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