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Myrtis, the Ancient Athens Plague Victim Has Message for Covid Era

Myrtis, a victim of the great plague of Athens after 2500 years takes part in the global effort in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Athens Plague Victim Who Died 2,500 Years Ago Has Message for Coronavirus Era

In 430 BC, an 11-year-old ancient Athenian girl called "Myrtis" − a victim of the great plague of Athens -- could not imagine that after 2500 years, she would take part in the global effort in the fight against...

What Can Thucydides and the Plague of Athens Teach Us in Coronavirus Times?

By Chris Mackie, Professor of Classics, La Trobe University* The coronavirus is concentrating our minds on the fragility of human existence in the face of a deadly disease. Words like “epidemic” and “pandemic” (and “panic”!) have become part of our...