Skip to comments.Plague Helped Bring Down Roman Empire
Posted on 05/12/2013 6:14:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
...The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, has been linked with at least two of the most devastating pandemics in recorded history. One, the Great Plague, which lasted from the 14th to 17th centuries, included the infamous epidemic known as the Black Death, which may have killed nearly two-thirds of Europe in the mid-1300s. Another, the Modern Plague, struck around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning in China in the mid-1800s and spreading to Africa, the Americas, Australia, Europe and other parts of Asia.
Although past studies confirmed this germ was linked with both of these catastrophes, much controversy existed as to whether it also caused the Justinianic Plague of the sixth to eighth centuries. This pandemic, named after the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, killed more than 100 million people. Some historians have suggested it contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire.
To help solve this mystery, scientists investigated ancient DNA from the teeth of 19 different sixth-century skeletons from a medieval graveyard in Bavaria, Germany, of people who apparently succumbed to the Justinianic Plague.
They unambiguously found the plague bacterium Y. pestis there...
The researchers said these findings confirm that the Justinianic Plague crossed the Alps, killing people in what is now Bavaria. Analysis of the DNA suggests that much like the later two pandemics of plague, this first pandemic originated in Asia...
The researchers now hope to reconstruct the whole genome sequence of the plague strain in these ancient teeth to learn more about the disease, Scholz said.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...
New evidence suggests the Black Death bacterium caused the Justinianic Plague of the sixth to eighth centuries. The pandemic, named after the Byzantine emperor Justinian I (shown here), killed more than 100 million people.
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The answer to the problem of disease? Rife Machines.
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...They're called liberals.
And the civilized world has a plague - it is called Islam.
I never liked that Justinian guy. He had shifty eyes.
Informative read. Thanks for posting.
And like AIDS , was is spread through blood as a result of using the sex organs unnaturally?
So, the plague helped bring down the Roman Empire. I guess that means that we don’t stand a chance against the Obamanus Pelosium bacterium.
There was an earlier plague in Roman history in the 160s—Lucius Verus, co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius, campaigned against the Parthians (161-165) and his soldiers picked up the plague in Mesopotamia, bringing it back with them.
Genghis Khan brought it from the East over to Turkey and from there it went to Europe.
No. It’s spread by the bite of an infected rat flea.
Only was I can see that sex would be involved is if you were attempting an unnatural act on a rat.
The Black Plague was (and is) spread through insect bites and through infected exhaled vapor.
Ummmm, the Roman Empire ended in 479 and was well on it's way out, long before Justinian
That's like saying the 1918 Spanish flu help win the American Revolution
The Antonine Plague is believed to have been smallpox and/or measles.
He married a hooker, carried out the Nika riots massacre, managed to rejoin Italy to the Roman Empire (nowadays the eastern RE is called Byzantine), constructed the (first version of the) great domed church in Constantinople. The later version still stands (the dome collapsed a couple of times).
Informative read. Thanks for posting.
I second that.
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