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Raj Persaud in conversation - the podcasts

Apr 22, 2020

Plaster cast bust of Thucydides (in the Pushkin Museum) from a Roman copy (located at Holkham Hall) of an early fourth-century BC Greek original
Born c.  460 BC[1]
Halimous, Athens (modern Alimos)
Died c.  400 BC (aged approximately 72)


Thucydides from Ancient Greece - perhaps the first Historian - gives a famous Account of the Plague of Athens from over 2000 years ago - Ancient Greek Literary Scholar Jenna Colclough explains to Dr Raj Persaud the relevance to today's pandemic using her thesis researched while she was at the University of Western Ontario.


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Thucydides’ detailed description of the Athenian plague, which is estimated to have killed from a quarter to a third of Athens’ population and led to the breakdown of several social norms By combining elements of personal narrative, literature, and historiography, Thucydides rendered the story of the Athenian plague into an aesthetic representation and thus provides a collective memorialization of the forgotten victims. Jenna Coclough suggests in her thesis while studying at the University of Western Ontario that his vivid description (ἐνάργεια) of the immense suffering enabled his readers to empathetically engage with the traumatic event and thus work through their own trauma.

Here are the links:
Thucydides’ plague episode, 2.47-54, Perseus Tufts: 
"The Language of Thucydides’ Description of the Plague Episode,” by Adam Parry:
Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter: 
Writing History, Writing Trauma, by Dominick LaCapra: 
And here is a link to Jenna's Academia account, which has her thesis and CV: