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Author Rosen, William, 1955-

Title Justinian's flea : plague, empire, and the birth of Europe / William Rosen.

Imprint New York : Viking, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    949.5013 ROS    Available
Description 367 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-349) and index.
Summary Weaving together evolutionary microbiology, economics, military strategy, ecology, and ancient and modern medicine, author Rosen tells of history's first pandemic--a plague seven centuries before the Black Death that killed tens of millions, devastated the empires of Persia and Rome, left victims from Ireland to Iraq, and opened the way for the armies of Islam. Emperor Justinian had reunified Rome's fractured empire by defeating the Goths and Vandals who had separated Italy, Spain, and North Africa from imperial rule. In his capital at Constantinople he built the world's most beautiful building, married its most powerful empress, and wrote its most enduring legal code, seemingly restoring Rome's fortunes. Then, in the summer of 542, he encountered a flea. The ensuing outbreak of bubonic plague killed five thousand people a day in Constantinople and nearly killed Justinian himself, bringing about one of the great hinge moments in history.--From publisher description.
Subject Plague -- History -- To 1500.
Byzantine Empire -- History -- To 527.
Byzantine Empire -- History -- Justinian I, 527-565.
Added Title Plague, empire, and the birth of Europe
ISBN 0670038555

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