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The Black Death in Greece and the Byzantine Empire

In the fourteenth century, the Black Death spread rapidly throughout Asia and Europe, including in Greece and across the Byzantine empire. The Black Death is the most fatal pandemic ever recorded, as an estimated 75 to 200 million people died...

Plagues Follow Bad Leadership in Ancient Greek Tales

The tales of ancient Greece remind the public that leaders must be able to plan for the future based on past events. Examples are evidenced through leaders' performance in the great plagues. By Joel Christensen In the fifth century BC, the...

Greek Man in Roman-Era London Used Amulet to Ward Off Plague

A Greek inhabitant of the Roman city of Londinium, lived through the Antonine plague by wearing a scroll with a Greek prayer in the form of rhyming hexameters.

Greek Scientist Unlocks Secret of Black Death’s Origins

A team of scientists headed by a Greek have unlocked the secret of the Black Death's origins. The pestilence is believed to have killed 30 to 60 percent of Europe’s population and one third of the population of the...

Ancient Greeks Also Blamed their Leaders for the Plague Pandemic

Ancient Greeks blamed their leaders for the misfortune of the plague, just as many Americans do today in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. By Joel Christensen Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a scholar of ancient Greek literature, I...

The World After the Coronavirus: What a Greek-American Yale Professor Envisions

The world after the coronavirus pandemic will look very different, according to a new book from Yale professor Nicholas Christakis.

Apollo Vs Agamemnon: The Plague in Ancient Greece was Divine Wrath

The plague appeared in Greece as a weapon of divine wrath. Agamemnon, offended the priest of Apollo and the God spread pestilence among the Greeks.