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I really tried to like it, and doggedly kept reading, but I just couldn't get into it.
At first, I was very impressed and enjoyed the narrative very much despite some confusing sections and digressions that were perhaps too detailed.
A phenomenal debut, a work of comprehensive scholarship and intelligence, Rosen's book is a joy to read.
I've always been interested in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. This is a first rate overview of it combined with another one of my long time interests, bubonic plague and its' impact... Read morePublished 3 months ago by James Brandt
About the year 540 AD, history seemed to be on the verge of rewinding itself. Emperor Justinian was making Constantinople the wonder of the world, with such wonders as the Hagia... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
I was expecting a book about how the plague influenced the fall of the Roman empire. While the book is well written with a conversational tone, at around one third the way through,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve G
To write an innovative and informative history book and be loved by other historians can be an impossible goal. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan
Well written and obviously well researched, the result is less than satisfying. The author takes too many digressions; delving into minutiae to the detriment of the story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony J Mancuso
My stars. What a book. Rosen is a polymath whose history is concise, observations are original and who makes one sense the reality of life at a critical time in human history. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DUSA
This book gives a lot of food for the thoughts of "What If."
What if the Eastern Roman Empire had not been hot by plague. Read more