The Justinianic Plague

a standardised, open-access repository of data on the plague

The sixth-century Justinianic plague, with it’s death toll of about 25 million, was one of the most catastrophic epidemics in the history of humankind. This Dataset Curation grant will support the development of a standardised, open-access repository of data on the plague which will serve as a reference resource for scholars and a useful tool for research on other plague occurrences throughout history. The project is part of Princeton’s interdisciplinary Climate Change & History Research Initiative which investigates the impact of climate change on the societies of the Mediterranean and the Eastern Eurasian steppe over two millennia of history.

Merle Eisenberg is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the History Department and a fellow of the Religion Department. His research focuses on the period of transformation from late Roman rule to the middle ages in Gaul.