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Dubrovnik – Plagues and quarantine in the 14th century

A public lecture presented by Mirjana Moffat from the Department of Science Communication, University of Otago.

The devastating black plague ravaged Europe for 4 years in the mid-14th century, but that was not the end of it. Having survived the black plague of 1348, Dubrovnik, on Croatia’s southern coat, faced several more plagues in 1360s and 1370s. Tired and exhausted from the frequent plagues, the city authorities were determined to protect the people and maintain their economic growth. But how did they do it? The year 1377 saw the birth of the quarantine.

What was the first quarantine like? Who were the public health officers called “caxamorti” and what was their role in controlling the plague? To answer these questions, the presenter tells a story of human resilience, belief in the system and mutual trust between ordinary citizens and the authorities. This talk with its (extra) content will be a delight to all who share love and passion for the history of medicine, set in the 14th century.

The lecture with be delivered in person and live online via Zoom.

The 2023 History of Medicine and Science Lecture Series is sponsored by The Otago Medical School Alumni Association. All are welcome.


Zoom link for Mirjana Moffat's public lecture

Zoom password: 902671

Date Thursday, 30 March 2023
Time 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Lecture
Online and in-person
DepartmentMedicine (Dunedin)
LocationBarnett Lecture Theatre , First Floor Dunedin Hospital, Great King St, Dunedin and online via Zoom
Contact NameEmeritus Professor Terence Doyle

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