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on 25 January 2010
I am currently an archaeologist studying causes and effects of the pandemic commonly known as Justinian's Plague, and this is the most helpful book on the subject. While it is more scholarly than general reading, the authors have all had extensive experience in their subject matter and present an interesting array of topics. The reason there is no conclusive information on this plague is because, well, there is none. This plague is understudied when compared to the more well-known pandemic known as the Black Death, and many of the essays are presenting information as it is understood now. There are still many questions as to the nature of this plague, and many of the essays included in this book highlight the need for more research.

Great book - this is the one I consistently refer to when I am doing my research - and includes a great bibliography for more information. If you're looking for a book about the Justinianic Plague that's more of an "entertaining" read, I would suggest Justinian's Flea by William Rosen. If, however, you want something more in-depth that raises a lot of questions which still need to be answered, start here.
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One for the professional historian only, this is a collection of abstruse essays seemingly reaching little conclusion and displaying relatively little commonality - there's no consensus whatsoever as to the actual nature of the plague, for example.
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