The Plague of Athens Killed Over a Quarter of the City’s Population

The plague of Athens killed between 25-33% of the ancient city’s population, yet what happened is still a mystery. This oil painting by Michael Sweerts, circa 1652, is called “Plague in an Ancient City,” and some scholars interpret it as a depiction of the Athenian plague that broke out in 430 B.C. Source: Public Domain

Pandemics and plagues seem to be the flavor of this decade, occurring at regular intervals throughout history.


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