Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire

Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire

William Rosen


The epic tale of the collision among one in all nature?s smallest organisms and history?s mightiest empire

in the course of the golden age of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian reigned over a territory that stretched from Italy to North Africa. It was once the zenith of his achievements and the final of them. In 542 advert, the bubonic plague struck. In weeks, the wonderful classical international of Justinian were plunged into the medieval and sleek Europe used to be born.

At its top, 5 thousand humans died each day in Constantinople. towns have been thoroughly depopulated. It used to be the 1st pandemic the realm had ever identified and it left its indelible mark: whilst the plague ultimately ended, greater than 25 million humans have been lifeless. Weaving jointly heritage, microbiology, ecology, jurisprudence, theology, and epidemiology, Justinian?s Flea is a special and sweeping account of the little recognized occasion that modified the process a continent.

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