Plague epidemic. Source: Dr_Microbe / Adobe Stock.

How a Gruesome Epidemic Threatened the Roman Empire (Video)


Rome, the cultural epicenter of the world in 162 AD, faced an unparalleled crisis as a gruesome epidemic threatened to undermine its very foundation. In this riveting account, we follow Galen of Pergamum, the most influential figure in the history of medicine, as he navigates a whirlwind of challenges amidst the devastation, grappling with the grim reality of the disease that would come to define his career.

As the Roman Empire succumbed to the horrors of a lethal plague, philosopher king Marcus Aurelius summoned the ambitious and skilled Galen from the Colosseum to confront this unprecedented health crisis. Delve into this gripping story to uncover the trials and tribulations faced by Galen, the emperor, and the Roman populace, as they collectively battled with a disease that ultimately became an existential threat to Rome itself.

Top image: Plague epidemic. Source:  Dr_Microbe / Adobe Stock.

By Joanna Gillan



Pete Wagner's picture

Just understand that the biological effects of arsenic poisoning are very similar to plagues.  Consider that there are many ancient stories or legends of wells being poisoned.  Arsenic as a poison has been around since even before the so-called Romans.  So could the long history of deadly plagues actually be at times a false narrative, to cover up mass poisonings?  

The question then is, would a tyrant, or invader, or domestic enemy, add poisons, deadly or just harmful over time, to the people's water?  If they did, did they ever stop doing it?

Nobody gets paid to tell the truth.

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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