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

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by William Rosen
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
“ Ambitious and learned . . . readers will be swept along by the strong current of Mr. Rosen’s good natured erudition.”
The Economist

“ Impressive study of the Bubonic plague and its impact on history . . . eccentric and erudite . . . a massively ambitious work.”
The Guardian (UK)

"History written with passion, panache, and an appealing bit of attitude."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Impressive study of the bubonic plague and its impact on history. . . . Eccentric and erudite . . . a massively ambitious work."
The Guardian (London)
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101202425
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
312,510
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“ Ambitious and learned . . . readers will be swept along by the strong current of Mr. Rosen’s good natured erudition.”
The Economist

“ Impressive study of the Bubonic plague and its impact on history . . . eccentric and erudite . . . a massively ambitious work.”
The Guardian (UK)

"History written with passion, panache, and an appealing bit of attitude."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Impressive study of the bubonic plague and its impact on history. . . . Eccentric and erudite . . . a massively ambitious work."
—The Guardian (London)
 

Meet the Author

WILLIAM ROSEN was an editor and publisher for more than twentyfive years.

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Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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IndianaJane More than 1 year ago
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.