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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.

The Fall of Rome Podcast Wondery

    • Education
    • 4.8, 1.3K Ratings

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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4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

polingja ,

very informative and entertaining at the same time!

I love the detail Patrick puts into it. He has studied and researched more on this topic than anyone else I have listened to in the past

budmelius ,

Currently my favorite history podcast

Patrick Wyman wrote his doctoral thesis on mobility and communication and the effect of the fall of the Roman Empire on them. It helps to know your subject if you want to teach it. With a lot of history podcasts I get the feeling that the host is giving a book report on his last week's reading rather than drawing from a deep background of knowledge and summarizing, sythesizing, and making broad connections as Wyman does so well. I have been an armchair fan of Roman Empire history but after listening to this podcast I feel I have a much clearer view of the big picture. Another positive is a some of the books Patrick quotes run from near $50 to over a $100 which means there is a good chance he has access to a major library where the other shows tend to use more inexpensive sources because, like me, they couldn't afford the high priced spread.

Docward1 ,

Intriguing

An illuminative exploration how environmental changes and ravaging disease pressures shaped societal and agricultural decisions within the Roman Empire...a testament to resilience.
Patrick Wyman and Dan Carlin sound pleasantly similar in their delivery!!

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