What deadly illness arrived from southern Asia?
It has been suggested that the Antonine Plague, which afflicted the Roman Empire during the 2nd century AD, originated in South-East Asia. This is because it bore a close resemblance to similar outbreaks that had swept over China in the years leading up the plague. The Romans were heavily involved in maritime trade in the Indian Ocean, and it's speculated that this is how the plague initially spread.
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