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

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The epic story of the collision between one of nature's smallest organisms and history's mightiest empire

During the golden age of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian reigned over a territory that stretched from Italy to North Africa. It was the zenith of his achievements and the last of them. In 542 AD, the bubonic plague struck. In weeks, the glorious classical world of Justinian had been plunged into the medieval and modern Europe was born.

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Overview

The epic story of the collision between one of nature's smallest organisms and history's mightiest empire

During the golden age of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian reigned over a territory that stretched from Italy to North Africa. It was the zenith of his achievements and the last of them. In 542 AD, the bubonic plague struck. In weeks, the glorious classical world of Justinian had been plunged into the medieval and modern Europe was born.

At its height, five thousand people died every day in Constantinople. Cities were completely depopulated. It was the first pandemic the world had ever known and it left its indelible mark: when the plague finally ended, more than 25 million people were dead. Weaving together history, microbiology, ecology, jurisprudence, theology, and epidemiology, Justinian's Flea is a unique and sweeping account of the little known event that changed the course of a continent.

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Economist
Ambitious and learned . . . readers will be swept along by the strong current of Mr. Rosen's good natured erudition.
Guardian (UK)
Impressive study of the Bubonic plague and its impact on history . . . eccentric and erudite . . . a massively ambitious work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143113812
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 279,418
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM ROSEN was an editor and publisher for more than twentyfive years.
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    Posted August 16, 2012

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    YES! Don't stop! This story has great potential, and if you explain how your mother was hurt and what influenced you to run into the woods a bit more, then I think that this story will be da bomb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

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    Amazing detail. I loved it. Looked like you took your time. WAY TOO SHORT THOUGH! Make the story about seven pages and grab the readers attention with every sentence. Otherwise its almost awesome.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    Amazing!

    This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Dark Ages, Constantinople, or the plague. It is intellectually stimulating, and covers a wide range of topics in depth, while still being concise. If you have a vast range of interests, which include history and science, this book is for you.

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