A History of Disease in Ancient Times

More Lethal than War

  • Philip Norrie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
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  3. Philip Norrie
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  4. Philip Norrie
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-155

About this book


This book shows how bubonic plague and smallpox helped end the Hittite Empire, the Bronze Age in the Near East and later the Carthaginian Empire. The book will examine all the possible infectious diseases present in ancient times and show that life was a daily struggle for survival either avoiding or fighting against these infectious disease epidemics. The book will argue that infectious disease epidemics are a critical link in the chain of causation for the demise of most civilizations in the ancient world and that ancient historians should no longer ignore them, as is currently the case.


infectious disease ancient history Hittite Empire Hittite Epidemic Bronze Age Amenhotep III Akhenaten Sekhmet

Authors and affiliations

  • Philip Norrie
    • 1
  1. 1.University of New South WalesFaculty of MedicineAustraliaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28936-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28937-3
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