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The origins of the term “quarantine”


One of my “blogger friends,” Janet Simmonds, who publishes an elegant blog called The Educated Traveller, recently posted fascinating material about the origin of the word “quarantine.”

Janet splits her time between her native England and Italy, primarily Venice. She explains that beginning in the 14th century, various “plagues” arrived in Venice, decimating the population. In the early 16th century, the Venetians set aside an island in the lagoon where arriving ships would be isolated for forty days, which was the length of separation believed to be necessary to be prevent the spread of disease through the population. The Italian word for forty is “quaranta.”

I hope you will give Janet’s blog a read. Here is the link to her fascinating article entitled Venice — Health, Quarantine and Santa Maria Della Salute.

Venice – Health, Quarantine and Santa Maria della Salute

7 thoughts on “The origins of the term “quarantine”

  1. Sandra , thank you for sending the great post from your friend, she knows so much about some of the places I love. Her blogs should keep me occupied for days. Thanks for soldiering on with the paper, we would all miss it too much if it ended! You and Mark take care! Sally

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Pingback: The origins of the term “quarantine” – The Educated Traveller

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