Surviving a Pandemic in Ancient Rome – The Antonine Plague DOCUMENTARY
History is in cycles, BOO! Its comes, and then returns like a bad relative wanting a loan or it can return like that wonderful lover of days past (with the great sex too). We digress. For Ancients Month this issue, we bring you how the Romans dealt with plague and pandemic. Interesting times and knowledge. They listened to their doctors and not the ignorant. Food for thought.
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We begin with an overview of ancient diseases and Roman medicine. What did people think of diseases and how did they treat them? Turns out there are a ton of answers to this question so we focus in on the main philosophy involving the four fundamental elements of earth, air, fire, and water. With this context in mind, we then turn to the topic of ancient pandemics. Our primary case study is the Antonine Plague which broke out in the 2nd Century AD of the Roman Empire. We cover its origin and spread across ancient Rome. We then talk about its impact on Roman society, the Roman Economy, and the Roman Army. There are a ton of parallels to modern times which prove quite fascinating to compare and contrast. Enjoy! Bibliography and Recommended Reading The Prince of Medicine, Susan P. Mattern Ancient Medicine, Vivian Nutton Greek Rational Medicine, James Longrigg Roman Disasters, Jerry Toner Man and Wound in the Ancient World, Richard Gabriel