June 10, 2020

Ep.3 - Helen King - Poems On Plagues: Thomas Sprat And The Later History Of The Plague Of Athens

Ep.3 - Helen King - Poems On Plagues: Thomas Sprat And The Later History Of The Plague Of Athens

"Poems on Plagues: Thomas Sprat and the Later History of the Plague of Athens", examines responses to Thucydides’ narrative of the plague of Athens.


This talk examines responses to Thucydides’ narrative of the plague of Athens.

While in recent years Thucydides has sometimes been praised for his prescience, some earlier physician-readers found his picture simply impossible to believe.

Thomas Sprat, in his 1659 poetic work, uses Thucydides work as a framework in which to reflect on the English Civil War.

Speaker: Professor Helen King (University of Reading)


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