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Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
The first half of the book is a fascinating tale of how the incalculable facets of life during the late Roman empire all lead to the formation of Europe as we know it today. War, politics, religion -- it¿s all here. I found the sections about how Christianity orthodoxy was created particularly interesting. Unfortunately, for as good as the first half was, I found the second half tedious and in some parts painful. I had to muscle through Rosen¿s excruciatingly detailed description of how the Hagia Sophia was constructed and the evolution of the bacteria that causes the plague. Some will no doubt find these sections remarkable, but they simply held no appeal to me. Still, I¿d say Rosen did a pretty good job of providing a fairly comprehensive history of the time period and can recommend the book.