45% done with Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

The section on the plague was really fascinating because I had no idea that this had happened. The Black Death was much more well known nearly 1000 years later in the 14th century, but it seems to be more devastating in the 500’s.

Also of interest was the relationship between the emperor Justinian and his general Belisarius. The lack of trust because of Belisarius’ victories is sad because what might have been?