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Interview: Historian Kyle Harper on Disease, Climate and the Fall of the Roman Empire

Interview: Historian Kyle Harper on Disease, Climate and the Fall of the Roman Empire

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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.
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Releasedatum: 3-4-2018 09:05:00


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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More relevant than ever

Not with a bang, but with a long series of whispers did the Roman Empire fall. This well written and narrated podcast tells the whole story - a story of mismanagement, disease, climate change, migrations and economic collapse. It feels eerily relevant to today’s civilization.

great podcast

nice indept view of the everyday life during the last days of the roman empire. especially the stories of the lifespan of some fictional characters really give a good feeling for the scale of migration and rapid delevopmends in this era.