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Though better known as a strain of the Bubonic Plague, the plague of Justinian is the name given to the first known instance of this bacteria dating back to 541 CE. Beginning during the reign of Emperor Justinian, thereby earning its name, variants of the Bubonic plague would go on to ravage the world for centuries to come.

The question becomes, how did a civilization like the Romans manage such a virulent strain of disease with their limited technology and understanding of the pathology? What lessons did they learn from this bacteria that would go on to assist future generations, and ultimately what were the long-term effects that came about from the manner in which it was handled.


This cite aims to compile such information in an easily digested format, and to provide a resource for others seeking this information.