Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750 (Paperback)
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Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750 (Paperback)

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Paperback 382 Pages / Published: 14/01/2008
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Plague was a key factor in the waning of Antiquity and the beginning of the Middle Ages. In this volume, the first on the subject, twelve scholars from a variety of disciplines - history, archaeology, epidemiology, and molecular biology - have produced a comprehensive account of the pandemic's origins, spread, and mortality, as well as its economic, social, political, and religious effects. The historians examine written sources in a range of languages, including Arabic, Syriac, Greek, Latin, and Old Irish. Archaeologists analyse burial pits, abandoned villages, and aborted building projects. The epidemiologists use the written sources to track the disease's means and speed of transmission, the mix of vulnerability and resistance it encountered, and the patterns of reappearance over time. Finally, molecular biologists, newcomers to this kind of investigation, have become pioneers of paleopathology, seeking ways to identify pathogens in human remains from the remote past.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521718974
Number of pages: 382
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... interesting and thought-provoking throughout. Each chapter has new ideas to provide the reader ... this book is an indication that this fascinating topic is finally receiving the scholarly attention it deserves.' BMCR
'No one interested in the history of epidemic diseases can afford to neglect what Sallares and McCormick have to say ...' Medical History
'A most readable and thought-provoking book, though not entirely for the faint-hearted.' Medieval Archaeology
"...this work escapes the fate of so many single-subject edited volumes, remaining interesting and thought-provoking throughout. Each chapter has new ideas to provide the reader, and Little does an admirable job of editing a comprehensive volume with a minimum of repetition. ....It is an excellent scholarly discussion and a base from which further research can occur. ...this book is an indication that this fascinating topic is finally receiving the scholarly attention it deserves." BMCR
"For those who want an indepth discussion of discrete topics, i wholeheartedly recommend Plague and the End of Antiquity." Raymond J. Dawttwyler, M.D. The New England Journal of Medicine
" is a fascinating collection of essays by specialists in history, archaeology, epidemiology, and molecular biology..." --New York Review of Books
"Plaque and the End of Antiquity is a fascinating collection of essays by specialists in history, archeology, epidemiology, and molecular biology..." Eamon Duffy, The New York Review of Books
"The authors' successful integration of insights from many fields provides a thorough account of the pandemic's origins, lethality, waxings, and wanings... Plague and the End of Antiquity ...provide[s] an ideal historic basis for dealing with the many facets of plague today and in the future." Science

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