The Plague of Athens: The Great Debate


The Great Debate


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Student Work

Publication Date

Winter 2021


Plague of Athens, Typhoid, Measles, Smallpox, Peloponnesian War, Historic Plagues, Podcast, Thucydides


Based on Thucydides' reported symptoms, there area number of hypothesized diseases which could be responsible for the plague including, measles, typhoid, and smallpox, among others. The goal of this project is to take a deep dive into the literature to assess the merits of various plague aetiologies. We have created an election style debate delivered through a podcast that will allow the audience to make links between different diseases and the writings of Thucydides to help identify which disease is responsible for causing the plague

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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHASS)

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