Related commentaries – Calamities

Nile Changed to Blood – Exodus 7:14 – 7:25

Men Died Like Flies

Between AD 250-262, calamities raged all over the Roman Empire, from Egypt to the Hebrides. In some Italian cities, up to four-fifths of the population were wiped out. Men died like flies. Gibbons says that statisticians of the succeeding age estimated that one-half the human race perished in twelve years! (Encyclopedia of Illustrations #3585).