Description

Antonine Plague, a smallpox epidemic which began in 165 and killed 3.5 to 7 million people in Roman Empire including emperor Marcus Aurelius, ends

Location

Rome

Rate

Very important (8)

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Epidemic

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The epidemic may have claimed the life of Roman emperor Lucius Verus, who died in 169 and was the co-regent of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, whose family name, Antoninus, was given to the epidemic. The disease broke out again nine years later, according to the Roman historian Dio Cassius, and caused up to 2,000 deaths a day in Rome, one quarter of those infected.

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