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Volume XIII, Number 3 | summer 2020

Miscellany

According to Thucydides, before the plague of Athens, the Athenians were divided over whether the disaster predicted by an oracle would be a limos (famine) or a loimos (plague). “In the case of unwritten prophecies,” wrote one classicist, “it would be impossible to determine which word the speaker meant to use. The ambiguity of the sound would have been its chief recommendation to the soothsayer.”

Infectious disease is one of the few genuine adventures left in the world.

—Hans Zinsser, 1935

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