First published on Tue 24 Jan 2006 11.39 GMT. The consequences of Prospero’s imbalance were also the cure. The city was devastated; morale was at its lowest ebb. The mass burial site was located in the Kerameikos ancient cemetery in Athens and was excavated in the mid-1990s. Ebola fever, anthrax, tuberculosis and lassa fever have been suggested as candidates. Others, such as the rapid onset of the illness, are not. "The profound disagreement on the cause of the plague has been due to the lack of definite microbiological or palaeopathological evidence," write Manolis Papagrigorakis of the dental school at the University of Athens, and colleagues. One of the victims of the plague that swept Athens in 430 BC was Pericles himself. [2.47.3] Not many days after their arrival in Attica the plague first began to show itself among the Athenians. The only name associated with his early education is that of the musical theorist Damon, whose influence, it is said, was not just confined to music. It is said to have caused the death of one in every three people in Athens, and it is widely believed to have contributed to the decline and fall of classical Greece. The Greek scientists, writing in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, describe how they removed teeth from the human remains and analysed the DNA they contained to find traces of the infection which killed so many Athenians trapped in a city surrounded on land by Spartans and relying on its navy's control of the sea through the port of Piraeus. Available for everyone, funded by readers. 38. Tried in the courts he had helped to reform, Pericles was stripped of his office and heavily fined. All rights reserved. He was fined but reelected general for 429, the year of his death. Comparing Pericles with the men who succeeded him in the government, the Athenians finally appreciated how great a loss was his death. After the death of Pericles, the leadership in Athens was fractured, but at the same time, the fear of plague led the Spartans to interrupt their invasion of Athens, since their troops were unwilling to be put in contact with the disease. Shakespeare begins to explore it right in the beginning when the beautiful and virtuous-seeming princess of Antioch is revealed as an evil young woman. In it were at least 150 bodies interred in more than five layers, many with their heads towards the circumference of the pit, but those on top "virtually heaped one upon the other," they write. He organized the Athenian Empire and commanded his people in the Peloponnesian War against the rival … The notice of his death is found in Plutarch’s Life of Pericles, Per. Among the victims of the plague was Pericles, the leader of Athens. The Long Death of Pericles One of the victims of the plague that swept Athens in 430 BC was Pericles himself. The plague had claimed his two legitimate sons and in an attempt to have his son by Aspasia declared as his heir he sought to repeal his own citizenship law. Pericles thinks that men should face the immediate Jto-, just as he praises the dead for facing the immediate 8Sot, and remember the importance of '7 es TO reTra S6Oa for good or evil. Immediately after this big statement from Pericles about, “We are Athens and we’re going to win,” the plague arrives, and Thucydides’ narrative goes straight into the plague. Appearance versus reality is a major theme of this play. For Thucydides, however, there was more to it than just the strategic consequences of the pandemic. Of the Athenian politicians whose speeches Thucydides relates after the death of Pericles, Nicias is the orator whose inability to manage the δημος’ impulsive nature has the most disastrous consequences. In the fall of 429, at the age of about 65, Pericles, the mastermind of Athenian glory, died. Thucydides himself became ill, but survived to tell a tale of epidemic disease and grim misery that gripped Athens in the early years of the Peloponnesian War. the beginning of the conflict, through II 65, the death of Pericles. Its adoption led to the concentration of the Athenians inside the walls of Athens. As military and political leaders try to make sense of how the coronavirus has altered relations with hostile actors, they can draw important insights from past epidemics and their effects on persistent conflicts throughout history. But even if the policies of Pericles had not been abandoned by the feeble Athenian democracy, the cost of the war would have proved too great and thus Athenian defeat was inevitable. Pericles was born in Athens, in 495 BCE, to an aristocratic family. The plague had serious effects on Athens' society, resulting in a lack of adherence to laws and religious belief; in response laws became stricter, resulting in the punishment of non-citizens claiming to be Athenian. Pericles' death was a great blow to the leadership in Athens during the Peloponnesian War. With dramatic irony, the author appeals over the perspective offered by the Pericles of the History. Pericles was born in 495 BCE into one of the leading families of Athens, with his father Xanthippus who had a political career and was a hero of the Persian war and his mother belonging to a powerful family. Were Athens to lose this momentum, they would be at serious risk from the Spartans who had committed their state to the destruction of the Athenian empire. 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