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Mesopotamian Amulet Against Plague
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Mesopotamian Amulet Against Plague

This amulet is covered with a quotation from a poem, the Akkadian Erra Epic, thought suitable to ward off plague. From Ashur, Northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian Period, 800-612 BCE. (The British Museum, London)
First Plague of Egypt
Image by James Tissot

First Plague of Egypt

Water is Changed into Blood, the first of the ten plagues of Egypt, watercolor by James Tissot, before 1903.
Giovanni Boccaccio & Florentines Who Have Fled from the Plague
Image by Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Giovanni Boccaccio & Florentines Who Have Fled from the Plague

Illustration from a medieval manuscript Giovanni Boccaccio, Le Decameron. Translated from the Italian by Laurent de Premierfait Bruges, Master of 1482 and follower (illuminators); c. 1485 CE Manuscript reference: The Hague, KB, 133 A 5...
Napoleon Visits the Plague Victims of Jaffa
Image by Antoine-Jean Gros

Napoleon Visits the Plague Victims of Jaffa

Bonaparte Visiting the Pesthouse in Jaffa, oil on canvas by Antoine-Jean Gros, 1804. Louvre, Paris.
Simon Forman
Definition by Anna Simms

Simon Forman

Simon Forman (1552-1611) was an Elizabethan physician, astrologer, magician, and alchemist who lived and worked in both London and Wiltshire, England. He was unusual in that despite receiving no formal training in medicine or astrology, and...
Americapox: The Missing Plague
Video by CGP Grey

Americapox: The Missing Plague

Why didn't the Europeans get sick when they made contact with the American Indians?
King's Evil
Definition by John Horgan

King's Evil

The king’s evil (from the Latin morbus regius meaning royal sickness), more commonly known as scrofula or medically tuberculous lymphadenitis, was a skin disease believed to be cured by the touch of the monarch as part of their inherited...
Nergal
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Nergal

Nergal (also known as Erra and Irra) is the Mesopotamian god of death, war, and destruction. He began as a regional, probably agricultural, god of the Babylonian city of Kutha in the Early Dynastic Period I (c. 2900-2800 BCE). As his temple...
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Collection by Mark Cartwright

Plagues in History

Plagues have swept through humanity ever since communities have gathered together in concentrated groups. In this collection of resources, we look at just some of the pandemics that raged throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages, from the...
Galen
Definition by Donald L. Wasson

Galen

Galen (129-216 CE) was a Greek physician, author, and philosopher, working in Rome, who influenced both medical theory and practice until the middle of the 17th century CE. Owning a large, personal library, he wrote hundreds of medical treatises...
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