n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Turning crises into drama : the management of epidemics in classical antiquity

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Despite the contrasting political contexts in which epidemics struck societies in Classical Antiquity, ranging from the Athenian plague of 430 BC to the outbreaks of the Antonine age, Rosenberg's model of patterned responses to epidemics seems as applicable as it does to the case studies in modern history which he addressed. Neither secularism, nor scientific humanism, nor clinical medicine sufficed to calm the fears of ordinary people, and political leaders and authorities sought closure through religious rituals. Thus, indeed, epidemics acquired dramaturgic form.


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