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More than 2000 years ago a Typhoid plague gripped the Greek city of Athens in the midst of the 30-year Peloponnesian War. Nearly a third of Athens' population succumbed to the disease. A mass grave was discovered beneath the Kerameikos cemetery in 1994, containing at least 150 bodies buried contrary to tradition in haphazard piles with few burial offerings. The few vases found there date roughly to 430 B.C., coinciding with Thucydides' report of a plague in the city. Similar vases can be found in Bryn Mawr's collection and can be used to illustrate this history.
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This portfolio of Tri-Co artworks and cultural artifacts is intended to support courses interested in a visual culture of disease as historical context for COVID-19. Each of the included objects was selected according to its subject matter or function in relation to themes of health, sickness, disease, and protection.