Description

A pandemic of plague known as The Plague of Justinian, which swirled around the Mediterranean for more than two centuries and weakened the Byzantine Empire, killing at its peak 10,000 people a day in Constantinople, begins

Location

Europe

Rate

Very important (8)

Sphere

Epidemic

Quotations

Death came in some cases immediately, in others after many days; and with some the body broke out with black pustules about as large as a lentil and these did not survive even one day, but all succumbed immediately. With many also a vomiting of blood ensued without visible cause and straightway brought death. Moreover I am able to declare this, that the most illustrious physicians predicted that many would die, who unexpectedly escaped entirely from suffering shortly afterwards, and that they declared that many would be saved, who were destined to be carried off almost immediately.

Secret History by Procopius

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