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  • Barbarians, political breakdown, economic collapse, mass migration, pillaging and plunder. The fall of the Roman Empire has been studied for years, but genetics, climate science, forensic science, network models, and globalization studies have reshaped our understanding of one of the most important events in human history. PhD historian and specialist Patrick Wyman brings the cutting edge of history to listeners in plain, relatable English.
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Episodes
  • Apr 3 2018
    How did a changing climate and plague play into the fall of the Roman Empire? I'm joined by Kyle Harper, Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, to discuss his important new book The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    38 mins
  • Mar 20 2018
    Justinian was the last great Roman emperor, but his reign was plagued by disasters beyond his control: volcanic eruptions, a changing climate, and a plague of epic proportions. Those disasters created a turning point that we can, with good reason, call the end of the Roman Empire. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    42 mins
  • Mar 6 2018
    Justinian is one of the defining figures of the Roman Empire. In many ways, he marks the boundary between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore his ambitious reform program and his reconquest of the lost provinces of the West. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    43 mins

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soo good

Free history and historical storytelling from one of the best. And such a nuanced topic.

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Love it

I love history and how deep he gets im gonna listen to all of his podcasts

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Really interesting, and scary

I love tots podcast series and this is another wonderful addition. It makes learning about history so much fun! However, listening to this episode in 2020 is terrifying because of the similarities to modern society and events.

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Great for Lovers of History

I love taking deep dives into history, if you do as well this is a great podcast for you!

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A Great Podcast

This is a great Podcast. Patrick Wyman is an engaging narrator. Not only does he present big picture reasons for the collapse (or transition) of the Roman Empire, he also puts you in the shoes of the romans/barbarians who lived through it.

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Excellent!!!

Wonderfully structured and presented. Complex history made easy to understand and fun to listen. Thank you for the great podcast!

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Should Be Required Reading For Congress

If Congress knew and embraced to truth of history, they would realize what their job is and how not to repeat the painful mistakes of the past. Some members of Congress are so clueless to the present and no nothing of our past. Most only see with their life's experiences and think they have all the answers. The most naive and terrorizing words spoken are those who think they know everything and that "they alone have the answers."
I am grateful to be about to hear the history in such detail. I feel like I'm back in World History but hanging with the really smart kids! Thanks for the years spent on the topics and the staggering detail and figures that give an overview picture of the Roman past and our future. "Nothing lasts forever. "

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