The Plague of Athens and the Cult of Asclepius: A Case Study of Collective Behavior and a Social Movement

@article{Perlstadt2016ThePO,
  title={The Plague of Athens and the Cult of Asclepius: A Case Study of Collective Behavior and a Social Movement},
  author={Harry Perlstadt},
  journal={Sociology and anthropology},
  year={2016},
  volume={4},
  pages={1048-1053}
}
  • H. Perlstadt
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and anthropology
During the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, several waves of a plague killed an estimated one-third of the civilian Athenian population and one-fourth of its army. Thucydides account of the plague (430-426 BCE) and the subsequent rise of the cult of Asclepius can be examined as perhaps the earliest case study of collective behavior and a social movement. In his account of the plague, Thucydides reveals a sociological imagination and concepts including anomie and escalating stages of… Expand

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