Horrifying way ancient Greeks picked out virus carriers revealed – Express.co.uk
As coronavirus sweeps the globe, the race for a vaccine is under way. A team at the University of Oxford claim they will have up to a million doses of a vaccine available by September should preliminary tests prove successful.
In the ancient world where vaccinations and medications of such calibre were non-existent, authorities implemented questionable methods to prevent the spread of disease.
In Ancient Greek religion, the act of “pharmakos” was considered a foolproof way to curb disease.
A ritualistic ceremony, pharmakos was the practice of using humans as a sacrifice or a scapegoat.
The city state in Ancient Greece was viewed much like a body, with everything coming in monitored closely and defended against potential attack.
The ancient Greeks were brutal in their method of driving a plague or disease out
Two randomly selected low-status people would be chosen, beaten, and subsequently expelled