The most famous and harsh disease in history has been described in great detail by various artists, during the different plague epidemics. Let’s see which are this writers/historians together….

  1. The historian Thucydides, dedicated in his work “The Peloponnesian War”, an important section of the work to the outbreak of the Black Death in Athens in the summer of the second year of war (430 BC). The author, with his work, has brought us the reasons for the contagion: an enormous amount of people in the plains, and the precarious hygienic conditions.
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2.The memory of the Black Death that struck Athens is taken up, in the first century BC, by the Latin poet Lucretius. His work “On the nature of things”, dedicated to nature and its works, ends with the treatment of the origin and spread of the famous disease. In the first part of the work, the author deals with the origin of evil and lists its symptoms.

3. The Black Death, which arrived in Italy in 1346, was described in great detail by the poet Giovanni Boccaccio, in the “Decameron”. This work tells the story of seven girls and three boys who, to escape the disease that degenerates in the city of Florence, take refuge in a country villa, where “to pass the time”, they tell stories.

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4. Even after more than three centuries, the plague is a common theme in works, in fact we can see that it appears in the famous work of Alessandro Manzoni, “I promessi sposi”. Towards the end of the work, a journey by Renzo (one of the protagonists of the work) is described, who, crossing the streets and squares, observes the terrible consequences of the epidemic: suffering and death.

La peste del '600 a Milano e la lezione di Manzoni

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