While Rome Burns

Episode 106: The Plague of Athens 430 BCE

September 27, 2020

We live in uncertain times. The fear of the Pandemic has gripped the world, it has taken friends, family, coworkers, and strangers alike. It has caused businesses to fail, schools to be shuttered and our whole way of life has beenturned on its head. It feels like the world is ending. But its not ending, its transforming and changing before our very eyes, as pandemics have changed societies and civilizations throughout history. One such pandemic was the Plague of Athens in 430 BCE. This plague, by the time it burned itself out 5 years later, left a lasting imprint on the people of Athens: Religious observations, the importance of honor, and even the way the dead were buried were drastically changed by the Pandemic. To the Athenians living at that time, it probably felt like their world was ending. But just like today, the world wasn’t ending. It was simply changing. Sit Back… Relax… And let me tell you a story… While Rome Burns.

**Episode Transcript**

Thank you for listening to our show. While Rome Burns is part of the 1up Podcast Network. Find more of our shows, including the award-nominated dnd podcast: Are We Dead Yet? By going to 1upPodcasts.com. Cover Art by Igor Nunes. Find more of his work on twitter @Whyccan that’s W-H-Y-C-C-A-N or go to Whyccan.ArtStation.com Background music provided by Monplaisir under a Creative Commons Zero 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. Find Them on twitter @MonplaisirMusic or at FreeMusicArchive.org/music/Monplaisir

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