Theriac – a Very Sovereign Remedy for the Plague – Galen c.166-170 A.D.

Theriac – the origin of our word treacle – is a complex medicine, some of the recipes for which sound like the witches’ incantation in Macbeth:     Double, double toil and trouble;     Fire burn and caldron bubble.     Fillet of a fenny snake,     In the caldron boil and bake…..     One version requiredContinue reading “Theriac – a Very Sovereign Remedy for the Plague – Galen c.166-170 A.D.”

Procopius Describes the Plague of Justinian 541-2 A.D.

                       Procopius was the principal Byzantine historian of the 6th century and in his History of the Wars, he describes the great plague, believed to have been the first historically recorded epidemic of Yersinia pestis in Europe. Besides a very high death toll, it had massive political and economic consequences, and recurred at intervals untilContinue reading “Procopius Describes the Plague of Justinian 541-2 A.D.”