Political consequences of the Plague of Athens

Title: Political consequences of the Plague of Athens
Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2017, vol. 22, iss. 1, pp. 135-146
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During the Plague of Athens, foreign refugees as well as inhabitants of nearby rural areas flooded the city, establishing the necessary conditions for the epidemic to spread rapidly to other parts of Greece. Athens, formerly Greece's most open and accepting city-state with regards to resident aliens ('metics'), experienced such disruption that metics would suffer permanent loss of the legal right to become Athenian citizens – while perhaps also losing the desire to seek citizenship – and Athens itself would suffer a permanent loss of power and prestige. Athenian attitudes toward metics did change noticeably in the fourth and fifth centuries, but not for the better
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