The Justinian Plague: First Pandemic? // Procopius (541-542) // Byzantine Primary Source

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The Justinian Plague: First Pandemic? // Procopius (541-542) // Byzantine Primary Source 5
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In the year 541 death fell upon the Byzantine Empire. Brought across the sea by rats on trading boats from the ports of Egypt, the Justinian Plague swept through its namesake's empire, leaving 25-50 million people dead before it had run its full course. At its worst 5000 people were dying in Constantinople a day. This is an extract from Procopius' 'History of The Wars' in which he details the spread of the disease, and how it thoroughly and mercilessly "destroyed men".

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Hey guys! Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to subscribe for new videos every single week! & Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see covered in the future.

Author — Voices of the Past

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Anyone listening to this during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic?

Author — Crataeis

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Today was rough for me, but hey, could be worse. I could be surrounded by towers full of the rotting corpses of my countrymen.

Author — John Vance

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It's crazy to think that we are descendants of survivors of all these plagues through history!

Author — AmericanPatriot

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As today's epidemic concerns weigh in, take solace in that greater, longer, story. We won't suffer anything that our forebears haven't known before us.

Author — Oliver Smith

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I wish you will present Procopius' "Secret History" 😉

Author — V. Athanasiou

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Underrated channel, love it. Give us more about the plague!!

Author — Alberto Barreto

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You have to imagine that to them it appeared these plagues really were controlled by something with agency, which it was, the unknowing agency of man.

Author — Henryk Gödel

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Krakatoa known for 1883 eruption but also 535 which changed weather patterns and agriculture especially for the Roman Empire. Also 'Secrets of the Dead' explain the Salem, Massachusetts 1692 - 1693 persecution of people who had eaten contaminated crops / food grown in a damp area with mold. The tainted food had caused people to have LSD like reactions. Psychedelic side effects from food poisoning, some of those people didn't survive the food poisoning. The same problem was mentioned by NOVA during the Roman Empire where tainted food from the Egyptian area was undetected and is credited to have created food supply problems for many years to the Romans. This history by procopius is a really interesting addition to what current science has learned about climate change from volcanic events.

Author — Matt Kyle

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Ah, life really gave me a lemons. I mean Khosrau, barbarians, wars and then this plague! And then Procopius tells that I caused it!

Author — Steva Stevanović

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Im only here just because my city locked us in our homes for 21 days and I have nothing else to do but to watch videos that I wouldnt normally watch.

Author — Mark Jones

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People today, particularly in the western world, have very little idea of what a true pandemic is actually like. We've forgotten the real terror of disease.

Author — Michael Fisher

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NOVA had an episode where scientists examine Ice Cores from Antarctica to study weather patterns throughout history. One event in 535 AD was the Krakatoa eruption that split the Island of Java into Java and Sumatra as we know it today. The waters between the 2 islands is the location of Krakatoa. 1883 is well known but also in 535 AD. Historical claims / records also exist, especially from China mention the eruption in 535 AD

Author — Matt Kyle

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Brought to you by a partnership with Coronavirus

Author — Adam Long

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It would be really cool if you could find some interesting primary sources written by women! Just to get a different perspective on things

Author — Olivia Donohue

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Pretty ridiculous how verbose and well-spoken the scholars of the Greek, Roman, and early Byzantine Empire were compared to the historians of the middle ages

Author — Prickle

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Aliens did it.






Its not true but i wanted to say it.

Author — Dom Casmurro

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6:09 '...expected to die from it.' The way you say that is brilliant!

Author — turbo panther

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FYI: Ebola is out of control in a war zone in the Congo right now. There's a bad measles outbreak in Madagascar... and in Brooklyn...
Fun stuff.

Author — Henryk Gödel

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I read the plague was so devastating, the empire couldn't recruit enough soldiers to fill out ranks.

Author — Gordon Adams