DescriptionThe 5th annual conference investigated the death of Pericles during the Spartan siege of Athens. Included are a medical history and description of the illness that took his life in 429 B.C. Additionally, a link to further information about the “Plague of Athens” which reportedly killed 25% of the Athenian population within a two year period, appears at the end. Dr. Durack’s diagnosis is that Pericles succumbed to louse-borne typhus.
SponsorsUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine
VA Maryland Health Care System (U.S.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Medicine. Medical Alumni Association
Kramer, Morton D., M.D.
KeywordPericles, approximately 495 B.C.-429 B.C.--Death and burial
Cause of Death
Typhus, Epidemic Louse-Borne