The Antonine Plague of 165 to 180 AD, also known as the Plague of Galen (after Galen, the physician who described it), was an ancient pandemic brought to the Roman Empire by troops who were returning from campaigns in the Near East. Scholars have suspected it to have been either smallpox or measles.
Galen and the Antonine Plague Article (PDF Available) in The American Journal of Philology 94(3):243-55 · February 1973 with 3,552 Reads How we measure 'reads' Nov 26, 2019 · Plague is a disease that affects humans and other mammals. It is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Plague is infamous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. 19 Based on demographic studies, the average mortality rate during the Antonine plague was probably only 7-10% and possibly 13-15% in cities and armies; R.J. and M.L. Littman, "Galen and the Antonine Plague," American Journal of Philology 94 (1973) 254-55. 165: Antonine Plague The pandemic lasted until 180 AD. Although Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius' death is attributed to natural causes, it is speculated that he was affected by the plague. Oct 26, 2010 · Visuals Unlimited / Corbis. China's Yunnan province was the setting for the third and last great plague pandemic, which began in the 1850s. The infectious fever wreaked havoc on Chinese citizens, killing tens of thousands, and by the late 19th century it had made its way to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, which proved devastating. Mar 18, 2020 · Stoicism and the Plague: Marcus Aurelius and the Antonine Plague - Marcus Aurelius died 1840 years ago, on March 17, 180, during an expedition against the Marcomans in Vindobona (now Vienna). He was a victim of the Antonine Plague that devastated the population of the Roman Empire, causing the death of five million people, almost 5% of the Empire's population. Episode 53: The Antonine Plague (guest episode with Liam Conway-Pearson) Plagues have fascinated us since antiquity, but the Antonine Plague stands out because one of the most famous physicians in Western history was present to make detailed observations.
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Mar 16, 2020 · The Antonine Plague claimed five million lives. To some people, this pandemic probably feels like the end of the world. Although it likely won’t disappear for a long time, and many more cases will result in fatalities, this isn’t the apocalypse.