Vol. 1: A seculo VI usque ad 803

The regions of Ravenna, Grado, and Istria are ravaged by the so-called Justinianic plague as Agilulf, King of the Lombards, makes peace with the Avars (narrative accounts from Paul the Deacon's History of the Lombards).

Paul the Deacon, History of the Lombards, book 2, chaps. 7-10. Original autograph is lost, numerous copies from 8th century onwards exist (cf. Bethmann's and Waitz's edition referenced below). FIM edition is based on the following manuscript:
B = Cividale del Friuli, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Archivi e Biblioteca, ms. XXVIII, fol 41r-v; copy from the second quarter of the 9th century; the manuscript is digitized and available online for consultation here.
Previous Editions
Ludwig Konrad Bethmann and Georg Waitz (eds.), Pauli Historia Langobardorum, Monumenta Germaniae historica, Scriptores rerum Germanicarum in usum scholarum separatim editi 48 (Hannover 1878), p. 145.
FIM Edition
Diplomatic edition based on B.

Hoc anno fuit pestis inguinaria iterum aput Ravennam, Gradus et Histria nimium gravis, sicut et prius ante triginta annos extiterat.a

Hoc etiam tempore Agilulfus rex cum Avaris pacem fecit.

Critical apparatus

a) pestis add. al. man. in marg. dex.


In this year the inguinal plague was again at Ravenna, Grado, and Istria, and it was very grievous, just as it had been thirty years before.

At this time too king Agilulf made peace with the Avars.

[translation taken from Paul the Deacon, History of the Lombards, trans. William Dudley Foulke, ed. Edward Peters (Philadelphia 2003; 1st ed. 1907), p. 152, and slightly modified by the editor.]

Selected Bibliography
Lee Mordechai and Merle Eisenberg, "Rejecting Catastrophe: The Case of the Justinianic Plague," Past & Present 244/1 (2019): pp. 3–50.
How to Cite
First citation: Josip Banic (ed.), Fontes Istrie medievalis, vol. 1: A seculo VI usque ad 803, doc. 591_HL, (last access: date).
Subsequent citations: FIM, 1: doc. 591_HL.
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