Pelusium (Arabic: الفرما‎; Coptic: Ⲡⲉⲣⲉⲙⲟⲩⲛ and Ⲡⲉⲣⲉⲙⲟⲩⲏ or Ⲥⲓⲛ; Tell el-Farama) was an important city in the eastern extremes of Egypt's Nile Delta, 30 km to the southeast of the modern Port Said. It became a Roman provincial capital and Metropolitan archbishopric and remained a multiple Catholic titular see and an Eastern Orthodox active archdiocese. It is noteworthy as the cite of the assassination of the Roman general Pompey in 48 BC, and as the launching pad for the Plague of Justinian in 541. Baldwin I of Jerusalem razed the city to the ground in 1118; the city never recovered and faded from the record.

Pelusium in "The Fake Pandemic"

Martinus Paduei knew that the plague arrived in Pelusium in 541, and that it made its way to Constantinople by 542. He approached the Roman quaestor Tribonian to help stop it.[1] Tribonian believed Paduei, and convinced Emperor Justinian to allow him to go to Pelusium.[2]

However, Tribonian did not do enough research before he left. He assumed Pelusium had access to the Red Sea, a crucial element to Paduei's plan. As Matthew, the commandant of Pelusium noted, the harbor had silted up, and really, no one went to Pelusium who didn't have to. Thus, Tribonian had to travel to Clysma.[3]


  1. Lest Darkness Fall & Timeless Tales Written in Tribute (second edition), pgs. 388-391, loc. 5085-5122.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 392-396, loc. 5140-5194.
  3. Ibid. pgs. 397-398, loc. 5210-5228.
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