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Kyle Harper

Kyle Harper, a professor of classics and letters at the University of Oklahoma, is author of “The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire.”

 

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The eternal return of the plague

“Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar.” That recent New York Times headline might sound like the synopsis of a horror movie. The epidemic gripping Madagascar is not just any plague, and it certainly is not some Hollywood apocalypse.

November 17, 2017