Start Date

29-4-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

29-4-2014 2:15 PM


European History | Medieval History


Saint Cyprian (Bishop of Carthage), Theology -- Early works to 1800, Plague -- Rome -- 3rd century, Saint Cyprian (Bishop of Carthage). De mortalitate, Epidemiology -- History


The Plague of 251 was nicknamed the Plague of Cyprian because of St. Cyprian of Carthage’s recordings of the epidemic. In Cyprian’s treatise ‘On Mortality’ he depicts the symptoms of the disease and offers advice to Christians on how to proceed. Cyprian offers valuable insights to the students of history by depicting a reliable account of the plague so as to build accounts of epidemiology, and as an abstract concept, Cyprian illustrates the moral battles surrounding fatality of early Christians. Records of the Plague of 251 are helpful to epidemiologists, and Cyprian's consolation tactics explain the emotions of early Christians facing mortality.

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Apr 29th, 1:00 PM Apr 29th, 2:15 PM

The Contributions of St. Cyprian: Perspectives on Epidemiology and Early Christianity