Plague Bibliography

This page is a preliminary bibliography of the Plague of Justinian, c 554-c 750 CE.

Bonser, Wilfrid (1944) “Epidemics During the Anglo-Saxon Period” Journal of the British Archaeological Association (3rd series) 9: 48-71.

CDC Plague homepage

Cheyette, Frederic L. (2008) “The disappearance of the ancient landscape and the climatic anomaly of the early Middle Ages: a question to be pursued”. Early Medieval Europe, 16 (2): 127-165.

Drancourt, Michael et al. (2004) “Genotyping, Orientalis-like Yersinia pestis, and Plague PandemicsEmerging Infectious Disease, 10 (9): online.

Drancourt, Michael et al. (2007)” Yersinia pestis Orientalis in Remains of Ancient Plague Patients.” Emerging Infectious Disease. 13 (2): online.

Eisen, Rebecca J et al. (2007) “Persistence of Yersinia pestis in Soil Under Natural Conditions” Emerging Infectious Disease, 14 (6): 941-943.

Galvani, Alison P and Slatkin, Montogmery. (2003) “Evaluating plague and smallpox as historical selective pressures for the CCR5-delta32 HIV-resistance allele” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. (PNAS) 100(25): 15276-15279.

Girard, Jessica M et al. (2004) “Differential plague transmission dynamics determine Yersinia pestis population genetic structure on local, regional and global scales” PNAS, 101 (22): 8408-8413.

Little, Lester. editor. (2007) Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750. Cambridge UP.

  • Lester Little, “Life and Afterlife of the First Plague Pandemic”
  • Jo N. Hays, “Historians and Epidemics: Simple Questions, Complex Answers”
  • Michael G Morony, “For Whom Does the Writer Write? The First Bubonic Plague Pandemic According to Syriac Sources”
  • Hugh N Kennedy, “Justinianic Plague in Syria and the Archaeological Evidence”
  • Dionysios Stathakopoulos, “Crime and Punishment: The Plague in the Byzantine Empire, 541-749”
  • Peter Sarris, “Bubonic Plague in Byzantium: The Evidence of Non-Literary Sources”
  • Akain Stoclet, “Consilia humana, ops divinia, superstitio: Seeking Succor and Solace in Times of Plague, with Particular Reference to Gaul in the Early Middle Ages”
  • Michael Kulikowksi, “Plague in Spanish Antiquity”
  • John Maddicott, “Plague in Seventh Century Britain” (previously published in Past and Present)
  • Ann Dooley, “The Plague and Consequences in Ireland”
  • Robert Sallares, “Ecology, Evolution, and Epidemiology of Plague”
  • Michael McCormick, “Toward a Molecular Hisotry of the Justinianic Pandemic”

McCormick, Michael. (2003) “Rats, Communication, and Plague: Toward an Ecological History” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 34:1:1-25.

Rosen, Willliam. (2008, reprint) Justinian’s Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire. Penguin.

Russell, Josiah Cox (1976) “The Earlier Medieval Plague in the British Isles” Viator, 7, p. 65

Stenseth, N. et al. (2006) “Plague dynamics are driven by climate variation” PNAS, 103 (35): 13110-13115.

Webb, Colleen T, Brooks, Christopher P, Gage, Kenneth L and Antolin, Michael F. (2005) “Classic flea-bourne transmission does not drive plague epizootics in prairie dogs” PNAS, 103 (16): 6236-6241.

Wiechmann, Ingrid and Grisela Grupe. (2006) “Detection of Yersinia pestis DNA in Two Early Medieval Skeleton Finds from Aschheim (Upper Bavaria, 6th century AD)” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 126: 48-55.


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  1. Leslie MacCoull, “The Apa Apollos monastery of Pharoou (Aphrodito) and its papyrus archive”, Museon 106 (1993), 21-63 at p. 221 apparently includes a Coptic text that may refer to plague. (Source of citation is Giovanni Ruffini, Social Networks in Byzantine Egype, CUP, 2008, p. 221)

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