Lecture Series: Brandon McDonald @ Meadows Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School, Edinburgh [12 February]

Lecture Series: Brandon McDonald


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12
February
18:30 - 19:30

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Meadows Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School
Doorway 4, Dr Elise Inglis Quadrangle Teviot Place, EH8 9AG Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This week we have Brandon McDonald coming all the way from Oxford to give a lecture on «Ancient Climate Change and Roman Epidemics: the significance of climatic variability for the Antonine and Justinianic plagues»!

«Is it a coincidence that major climatic events preceded and coincided with two of the most devastating plagues in Roman history? Data suggest that it was more than correlation; that
volcanic eruptions, followed by periods of climatic cooling, might have helped precipitate the Antonine (AD 165-190) and Justinianic (AD 541-543) plagues, both of which caused sizable
demographic and economic losses across the Roman Empire. Using the most recent climate science, documentary and literary sources, archaeology, and epidemiology, I will discuss how the climate surrounding each plague was conducive to the persistence of both suspected diseases, potentially supporting their arrival to Roman borders, where, thereupon, the plagues
contributed to decline in regions throughout the Empire.»

We're going to the pub after!
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