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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

a term confusingly employed by ancient historians to designate epidemics of infectious diseases. Epidemics in antiquity were not necessarily caused by the disease now called plague. The major epidemic diseases are density‐dependent. The ‘plague of Athens’ (see below) was an isolated event in Greek history, but there is more evidence for great epidemics during the Roman empire. Their frequency increased because of ... ...

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