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Justinian's flea : plague, empire, and the birth of Europe

Author: William Rosen
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Weaving together evolutionary microbiology, economics, military strategy, ecology, and ancient and modern medicine, [the author] 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: William Rosen
OCLC Number: 180313053
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking, ©2007.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Three thousand-body problem --
Prologue: Pelusium, 540 --
Emperor: Four princes of the world, 286-470; We do not love anything uncivilized, 337-518; Our most pious consort, 518-530 --
Glory: Solomon, I have outdone thee, 530-537; Live honorably, harm nobody, and give everyone his due, 533-537; Victories granted us by heaven, 533-540 --
Bacterium: Daughter of chance and number; From so simple a beginning; Fury of the wrath of God, 540-542 --
Pandemic: Man of unruly mind, 523-545; No small grace, 545-664; Thread you cannot unravel, 548-558; This country of silk, 559-565 --
Epilogue: Yarmuk, 636.
Other Titles: Plague, empire, and the birth of Europe
Responsibility: William Rosen.

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Weaving together evolutionary microbiology, economics, military strategy, ecology, and ancient and modern medicine, [the author] 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.

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