It meant the ruin of the landed class, it tended co spoil the moral of those who from the walls of Athens annually watched the wasting of their homesteads, and it involved the many perils of an overcrowded city - a peril increased by, if not also the cause of, the plague.
The closer she got to the overcrowded, poor part of the city, the more people jammed the streets, shoving against her in an effort to escape the collapsing buildings.
The effect upon the overcrowded population of the city was terrible.
During the Napoleonic wars and the Crimean campaign the Grand Harbour was frequently overcrowded with shipping.
But open sewers, public pumps, cobble-paved roads, open market-places and overcrowded subterranean dwellings are now abolished.