A History of Disease in Ancient Times: More Lethal than War


     This book shows how bubonic plague and smallpox helped end the Hittite Empire, the Bronze Age in the Near East and later the Carthaginian Empire. The book examines the possible infectious diseases present in ancient times and shows that life was a daily struggle for survival either avoiding or fighting against these infectious disease epidemics. The book argues that infectious disease epidemics are a critical link in the chain of causation for the demise of most civilizations in the Ancient World and that ancient historians should no longer ignore them, as is currently the case.



List of Figures

List of Tables

1. Introduction

2. Common Diseases in Ancient Times

3. How Disease Affected the History of the Egyptian Empire

4. How Disease Affected the History of the Hittite Empire

5. How Disease Affected the End of the Bronze Age

6. How Disease Affected the History of Ancient Carthage

7. Conclusion

Plague Prayers of King Mursili II

About the Author




Publisher Palgrave
Language English
Pages 130
Illustrations b/w amd color figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-3-319-28936-6
Creation date 2016
Size 21 x 29 cm

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