Justinian’s Plague, Hagiography and Monasticism

By Craig A. Molgaard, Amanda L. Golbeck and Kerry E. Ryan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper uses the approaches of historical social epidemiology in an examination of the spread of Justinian’s Plague to Ireland and Great Britain in 664 and 684. Changing practices in the early Christian church of antiquity led to the development of monasticism and service to the old and sick of the community. Hagiographic reports indicate the plague was widespread in Ireland and Great Britain at this time, and was especially widespread in the monastic communities and network. Monasticism, in an era where pneumonic or tonsillar plague was as common as the bubonic variant of plague, served to both spread the disease inadvertently while operationalizing a new position of service to the lay community.

Keywords: Communicable Disease, Ethics, Hagiography, Justinian’s Plague, Monasticism

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.477MB).

Dr. Craig A. Molgaard

Professor and Chair, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, USA

Craig Molgaard received his PhD in anthropology and his MPH in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley. He has held faculty positions at San Diego State University and the University of Kansas, and currently is Chair of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana in the United States. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Oxford University, England and the Roskilde University, Denmark. His research interests are in historical epidemiology, medical anthropology, and international public health.

Dr. Amanda L. Golbeck

Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, USA

Amanda Golbeck earned her MA in Anthropology, MA in Statistics, and PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently a Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana. She has held faculty positions at San Diego State University, Wichita State University, and The University of Kansas. She was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in England. She has developed statistical methodology and has actively collaborated on research dealing with demography and human health data. Her research interests are in the areas of health numeracy, telehealth, behavioral trials, and history of statistics. Dr. Golbeck is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Kerry E. Ryan

Redding, California, USA

Kerry Ryan earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Montana.

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