Famine and Pestilence in the Late Roman and Early Byzantine Empire: A Systematic Survey of Subsistence Crises and Epidemics
Routledge, 15 May 2017 - 432 sayfa
Famine and Pestilence in the Late Roman and Early Byzantine Empire presents the first analytical account in English of the history of subsistence crises and epidemic diseases in Late Antiquity. Based on a catalogue of all such events in the East Roman/Byzantine empire between 284 and 750, it gives an authoritative analysis of the causes, effects and internal mechanisms of these crises and incorporates modern medical and physiological data on epidemics and famines. Its interest is both in the history of medicine and the history of Late Antiquity, especially its social and demographic aspects. Stathakopoulos develops models of crises that apply not only to the society of the late Roman and early Byzantine world, but also to early modern and even contemporary societies in Africa or Asia. This study is therefore both a work of reference for information on particular events (e.g. the 6th-century Justinianic plague) and a comprehensive analysis of subsistence crises and epidemics as agents of historical causation. As such it makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate on Late Antiquity, bringing a fresh perspective to comment on the characteristic features that shaped this period and differentiate it from Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
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Africa Agapios Agathias Alexandria Ammianus Ammianus Marcellinus Antioch Arabic BIBLIOGRAPHY Biraben Black Death bread broke bubonic plague Byzantine Empire cannibalism catalogue caused century Chapter Chronicle Chronicon Paschale Chronographia chronological city’s Conrad Constantinople crisis death disease drought Durliat Economia Edessa Egypt emperor Ephesos Epidemic SOURCES Euagrios famine Famine and epidemic Famine SOURCES Furthermore Garnsey History HLRE incident indicates infection Italy John of Ephesos Julian Justinianic Plague Kislinger and Stathakopoulos Kohns large number Late Antiquity Liber Pontificalis locusts Marcellinus Comes Mediterranean mentions Meteorologika phainomena Michael the Syrian Miracles modii per nomisma mortality Nikephoros occurred outbreak Palestine pandemic passim Patlagean Paul the Deacon period Persian Pest pestilence phenomena Plague SOURCES population present Prokopios Pseudo-Dionysios ravaged recorded region Related result Roman Rome Ruggini Sallares September severe famine Shortage SOURCES siege smallpox subsistence crises summer symptoms Syria Tel-Mahre Telelis Theophanes Thessalonica took place trans Vita wheat winter