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Justinian's Flea

The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire

William Rosen

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Penguin Books
29 July 2008
From the acclaimed author of Miracle Cure and The Third Horseman, 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.
By:   William Rosen
Imprint:   Penguin Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 213mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   346g
ISBN:   9780143113812
ISBN 10:   014311381X
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   29 July 2008
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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

-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)

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