According to the greatest of historians and scientists, the year 536 AD is known to be the most dangerous year in history. As stated by medieval historian and archaeologist, Michael McCormick, the 536 AD marked what is known as the “beginning of the worst era to be alive, if not the worst year.”
So what horrors make the 536 AD have an eerie reputation? Let’s have a look! A mysterious fog in the summer of 536 had plunged Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for eighteen months straight, which led to the absence of sunlight and very low temperatures ranging from 1.5 degrees Celsius to 2.5 degrees Celsius. As a result, the crops failed and people starved in many countries with the world spiraling into economic turmoil. With no food for more than a year, the immune system of the human population weakened further and couldn’t tolerate the sudden gush of the bubonic plague which crept in the 541 AD. This plague, infamously known as the “Justinian bubonic plague” is the first-ever pandemic to be documented. The year 536 was also marked by massive volcanic eruptions in America and Iceland which are believed to be a cause for the mysterious fog. In the words of a Roman politician, Cassiodorus, the sun had a bluish tint, the moon had lost its luster and seasons had gone haphazard. It is said that people couldn’t even see the shadows of their bodies.
As devastating it seems, the 536 AD was still survived by humanity. Considering the resilience of our ancestors, we can derive a little inspiration from them and put it to use for fighting through the novel coronavirus pandemic too!