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Did an Ancient Pandemic Eventually End the Roman Empire?

The Antonine Plague with a mortality rate of 25% had devastating consequences for Rome

Angel of death striking a door during the plague of Rome in 165 CE, by Lavasseur. Image source and licensing: Wikimedia Commons.

In the year 165 CE, returning Roman soldiers from a campaign in Parthia (modern-day Iraq) began complaining of fever, swollen throat, diarrhea, vomiting, and coughing.

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Prateek Dasgupta, M.S.

Prateek Dasgupta, M.S.

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