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Plagues of the Ancient World

This is a one-time class that will focus on the bubonic plague, the Plague of Athens, and other incidents of plague in the ancient world.
Shannon Jones, MA History
47 total reviews for this teacher
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn about plagues during the ancient world; and the science and archaeology behind the diseases.
I have a Master of Arts in Early European History and I have been teaching on disease history for three years. Additionally, I have worked in the modern emergency medicine field for fifteen years.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Students will be discussing death and diseases. As well as learning about ancient diseases through the scientific study of skeletons.
Primary Sources that give contemporary accounts of the plagues
Arnobius, Adversus Gentes 1.3. Translated by Hamilton Bryce and Hugh Campbell, c. 1885
Pontius of Carthage, Life of Cyprian. Transl. Ernest Wallis, c. 1885
Thucycdides (431 BC) The History of the Peloponnesian War.

Secondary Sources – History Books
Greighton, Charles. (1891)a A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II) 
Harper, Kyle (2017). "Chapter 4: The Old Age of the World". The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire. Princeton University Press.
Kohn, George C. (2007). "Yellow Plague of 664". Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence: From Ancient Times to the Present 
Plague in Seventh Century England (1 August 1997) Oxford Journals
Stathakopoulos, D. Ch. (2007) Famine and Pestilence in the late Roman and early Byzantine Empire .
"Plague Victims Found: Mass Burial in Athens - Archaeology Magazine Archive". 
"Reactions to Plague in the Ancient & Medieval World". World History Encyclopedia

Scientific Studies and References
Littman, Robert J. (October 2009). "The plague of Athens: epidemiology and paleopathology". 


Shannon Jones, MA History
Lives in the United States
Early European History Teacher and Historical Researcher
47 total reviews
92 completed classes

About Me

Hello everyone, it is a pleasure to be able to introduce myself to all of you! You can call me Ms. Shannon. I take a passionate, yet relaxed approach to teaching classes. 

I will begin with my educational background: 
I have a Masters in Early... 
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