The Plague of Athens

The Plague of Athens

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  • The disease began in Ethiopia beyond Egypt, and then descended into Egypt and Libya and spread over the greater part of the King's territory. Then it fell upon the city of Athens, and attacked first the inhabitant of the Peiraeus.
  • The first stage of the plague was fever.  The head was overcome with sweltering heat. The eyes were inflamed and became bloodshot red. Inside the mouth both the throat and the tongue became blood-red.
  • The second stage of the plague was vomit and coughing. 
  • Stage 3 of the plague was diarrhea and giving up. The toll the plague takes on the body is so severe it causes people to stop resisting death and welcome it instead.
  • The plague was transmitted when contact was made with a person who held the disease. It was also contracted from speaking to an infected person.
  • Another way the plague was contracted was when the feces or vomit of an infected person is touched or closely encountered. 
  • The Athenian Plague had a massive impact on society. The plague caused many people to die, and it killed some important officials which deterred Athens leadership. With the killing of Pericles and many other citizens, Athens lost a lot of manpower and great leadership. ultimately causing Athens to lose the Great Peloponnesian War.
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