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Marcomannic Wars and Antonine Plague = Die Markomannenkriege und die Antoninische Pest


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Volume: LMA XVII, Spisy ARÚB 61
Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology, Brno – Instytut Archeologii, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Lublin
Brno – Lublin 2020, 298 p.

ISBN 978-80-7524-026-2 (Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology, Brno)
ISBN 978-83-227-9223-0 (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin)

ISSN 1804-1345

The publication by an international team of authors addresses one of the key stages in Ancient history – the period of the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161–180 AD), which featured many extraordinary events that affected the whole of Europe. One of the largest pandemics in history, the so-called Antonine Plague, significantly influenced the second century AD. The testimonies of the disease diagnosed as chickenpox are presented and re-evaluated in the relevant chapters of the book. The Marcomannic Wars are another contemporary destructive episode of the studied period. The most extensive set of archaeological evidence of the war events comes from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria and is presented in the comprehensive and richly illustrated final chapter of the book.