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Podcast about Justinian Plague

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A great podcast lecture about the Justinian plague:

 

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The Plague of Justinian or Justinianic Plague (541–549 AD) was the beginning of the first plague pandemic, the first Old World pandemic of plague, the contagious disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The disease afflicted the entire Mediterranean Basin, Europe, and the Near East, severely affecting the Sasanian Empire and the Roman Empire and especially its capital, Constantinople. The plague is named for the Roman emperor in Constantinople, Justinian I (r. 527–565) who, according to his court historian Procopius, contracted the disease and recovered in 542, at the height of the epidemic which killed about a fifth of the population in the imperial capital. The contagion arrived in Roman Egypt in 541, spread around the Mediterranean Sea until 544, and persisted in Northern Europe and the Arabian Peninsula, until 549

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000rc43

 

 

guy also known as gaius

(Thank you Dr. Tom for bring this to my attention)

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_of_Justinian

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