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Its interesting, but somewhat wandering. The book is more about a specific period of time than it is the plague and Justinian. It is certainly an impressive amount of scholarship on the late Roman Empire, but reads like several sections of several other books that have been brought together. It's not quite a biography of Justinian. It's not quite a history of the plague and its implications. Its not quite a history of the Eastern Roman Empire's battles with the Goths, Persians, or nascent Islam. Though well-written and readable, it overall lacks focus and coherence that one would expect given its title and cover blurb.  

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User Review  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

The book's flaws (and successes) have been covered by many former reviewers so let me add just a few notes that may be of interest to someone at some time: For anyone who slept through their world ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Mr. Rosen has assembled a competent examination of the most serious event of the 500's CE. He has good chapters on the Plague and the Architecture of Hagia Sophia, which he examines in great detail ... Read full review

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User Review  - justindtapp - LibraryThing

Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe This book is primarily about the reign of Justinian (482-565 A.D.) with the bubonic plague ("The Devil") as a key world-changing component in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meggo - LibraryThing

A very detailed and well researched book about what is one of the first major pandemics, the black plague epidemic of the late Roman Empire. My primary criticism is that for a book on plague, it takes ... Read full review


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