The Plague of Justinian was documented to have originated in Egypt, during the early years of the 6th Century and arrived in the Eastern Roman Capital of Constantinople (Modern day Istanbul, Turkey) in 542 CE. The Plague was to have killed as many as 10,000 people a day. Spreading into Western Europe over the next 15 years, wiping out many towns and villages. There may have been many of these types of plagues dating back to 3000 BCE in Babylon. There are 3 types that are spread by fleas in the fur of the black rats (Rattus Rattus), they are Bubonic, Pneumonic and Septicaemia.
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- Plague of Justinian – Wikipedia
The Plague of Justinian (541–542) was a pandemic that afflicted the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, especially its capital Constantinople, the Sassanid Empire, and port cities around the entire Mediterranean Sea.
- Justinian’s Plague (541-542 CE) (Article) – Ancient History Encyclopedia
During the reign of the emperor Justinian I (527-565 CE), one of the worst outbreaks of the plague took place, claiming the lives of millions of people.
- The Plague of Justinian – Top 10 Terrible Epidemics – TIME
The dynamic and powerful Byzantine Emperor Justinian is remembered for having tried to restore the fallen glory of ancient Rome by waging a series of military campaigns to retake lands that had been overrun by barbarian tribes. But, while Justinian’s armies were fleetingly successful, another scourge bearing his name was far deadlier.
- What Was The Plague of Justinian? | Passport Health Travel Clinics
Imagine a plague that infected millions in just a year, killing as many as 5,000 people per day. For the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, this nightmare was a reality.
- Plague of Justinian: The Older Brother of the Black Death | Bones Don’t Lie
The Black Death, or Bubonic Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemics to sweep through Europe. In only four years, this single disease wiped out half the population and set back the progress of the nations of Western Europe.
- An Empire’s Epidemic
By the middle of the 6th century, the Emperor Justinian had spread his Byzantine Empire around the rim of the Mediterranean and throughout Europe, laying the groundwork for what he hoped would be a long-lived dynasty.
- Culprit of 6th century Justinian plague is revealed: Scientists pinpoint …
Before the infamous Black Death cast its shadow across Europe, another great plague ravaged the Mediterranean, killing swathes of people. Over the course of two centuries, the Justinian plague wiped out up to an estimated 50 million people and may even contributed to the decline of the mighty Eastern Roman Empire.
- Two of History’s Deadliest Plagues Were Linked, With Implications for …
Two of history’s deadliest plagues, which swept across Europe hundreds of years apart, were caused by different strains of the same deadly microbe, scientists say.