Lewis D Hoover MD

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  • Justinian's Flea

  • Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe
  • By: William Rosen
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

The emperor Justinian reunified Rome's fractured empire by defeating the Goths and Vandals. At his capital in Constantinople, he built the world's most beautiful building, married the most powerful empress, and wrote the empire's most enduring legal code, seemingly restoring Rome's fortunes for the next five hundred years. Then, in the summer of 542, he encountered a flea. The ensuing outbreak of bubonic plague killed 5,000 people a day in Constantinople and nearly killed Justinian himself.

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  • More history than Disease

  • By joan on 06-25-07

Justinian's Flea

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-07

I've just finished listening to this book a second time. It is a most impressive exposition of the fascinatingly complex bio-psycho-socio-political events of late (Roman) antiquity. Already having a more than passing acquaintance with this historical period helps in following the author's masterful weaving of those many threads.

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