Volcano and Famine

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Charles Wilson
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Volcano and Famine

Post by Charles Wilson » Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:51 pm

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06 ... n-republic

Nice Woodcut!

One of the Big Stories I see is the severe famine during Herod's Reign of Error.
Why did it happen?

Mebbe because of this.

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Re: Volcano and Famine

Post by Charles Wilson » Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:39 pm

Or maybe not:

Josephus, Antiquities..., 17, 9, 1:

"NOW on this very year, which was the thirteenth year of the reign of Herod, very great calamities came upon the country; whether they were derived from the anger of God, or whether this misery returns again naturally in certain periods of time for, in the first place, there were perpetual droughts, and for that reason the ground was barren, and did not bring forth the same quantity of fruits that it used to produce..."

The article states that Rome was devastated by famine in 42 BCE. 13 years into Herod's reign is around 24 BCE.
I guess it depends on what "Perpetual Droughts" means.

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