The Athenian plague occurred in 430-26 B.C. during thePeloponnesian War, which was fought between Athens and Spartafrom 431 to 404. Because of overcrowded wartime conditions in thecity, the plague spread quickly, killing tens of thousands. > Included among its victims wasPericles, the former leader of Athens. > The only surviving source for the Athenian plague is thefirst-hand account of Thucydides in his . Thucydides, who lived from c. 460 to c.400, was an Athenian general and political critic.


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