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The Fall of Rome Podcast

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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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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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Excellent detail and perspectives of life on the time

By Hippy&$ - Nov 15 2019
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Very interesting. I like how the author creates fictional characters and explains what their lives would have been like. Great detail.

Great Podcast!

By Bull Dawg - May 11 2019
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Glad I found this podcast! In the fourth one and will definitely listen to all of them!

iTunes Ratings

1533 Ratings
Average Ratings
1377
80
34
17
25

Excellent detail and perspectives of life on the time

By Hippy&$ - Nov 15 2019
Read more
Very interesting. I like how the author creates fictional characters and explains what their lives would have been like. Great detail.

Great Podcast!

By Bull Dawg - May 11 2019
Read more
Glad I found this podcast! In the fourth one and will definitely listen to all of them!

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The Fall of Rome Podcast

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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.

Rank #1: 3: The Goths and the Beginning of Rome's End

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In the third episode of The Fall of Rome, we explore the Goths' migration into the Roman Empire and their desperate war for survival against the forces of the Empire. This conflict culminated in the Battle of Adrianople, the worst defeat of a Roman army in more than 350 years. How did a rag-tag group of migrants defeat the cream of the army and leave an emperor dead on the battlefield?

Aug 27 2016

41mins

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Rank #2: 4: The Gothic Sack of Rome

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In 395, the barbarian Goths rebelled against the Romans and fought a campaign that culminated in the sack of Rome in 410. But were the Goths really barbarous foreigners, or are they better understood as a Roman army seeking a position within the Empire?

Sep 03 2016

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Rank #3: 5: Just How Screwed Up Was the Later Roman Empire?

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One of the fundamental questions about the later Roman Empire is just what a mess it really was. Did the barbarians topple a fundamentally healthy, functional state? Or were they merely the straw that broke the camel's back of a diseased, rotten, empire that could no longer hold itself together? In this episode, we discuss just how things had changed between the peak of the Roman Empire in the second century and the beginning of the end in the fourth.

Sep 15 2016

46mins

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Rank #4: 23: Could the Roman Empire Have Survived?

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Could the Roman Empire have survived past the fifth century? To answer that question, we examine some other points when the Empire could have fallen apart but didn't, and what brought it back together after Caesar's assassination and the Crisis of the Third Century.
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Jun 22 2017

37mins

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Rank #5: 20: The Anglo-Saxon Migration, the North Sea World, and the Birth of England

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Roman Britain fell fast, and it fell hard. Into the ruins of this world stepped a wave of migrants from the North Sea coast of the Continent whom we know as the Anglo-Saxons. This migration, a complex and dynamic movement of people over the course of 200 years, rewrote the political, demographic, linguistic, and cultural maps of eastern Britain, transforming it into England.

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May 25 2017

51mins

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Rank #6: 6: The Catastrophic Fall Of Roman Britain

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In 350, Britain was a thoroughly integrated province of the Roman Empire, full of prosperous, Latin-speaking cities, luxurious villas, and all the other trappings of Roman life. By 500, the cities were gone, the economy had collapsed, and the island was split among an innumerable number of petty kingdoms. What happened? How did everything go so wrong?

Oct 01 2016

48mins

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Rank #7: 9: Attila and the Empire of the Huns

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Attila the Hun is the best-known barbarian from antiquity, but the Hunnic Empire he inherited and expanded hasn't gotten the credit it deserves for its complexity and organization. This episode explores how the Huns created an empire that stretched from the Ural Mountains in Russia to the Rhine River in Germany.

Dec 13 2016

55mins

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Rank #8: 22: The Brilliance of Saint Augustine. An Interview with Elizabeth Bruenig

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Saint Augustine is one of the foundational figures of Christianity and one of the most influential thinkers of all time. He was also a complex and fascinating figure in his own right. Elizabeth Bruenig, an editor at the Washington Post and writer on politics and Christianity (@ebruenig on Twitter) joins me to discuss Augustine's life, thought, and greater meaning.
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Jun 15 2017

42mins

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Rank #9: 21: Rome's Legacy and the Barbarian Kingdoms

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As central government disappeared from what had been the Western Roman Empire, the barbarian kingdoms stepped into the void, creating new forms of rulership and institutions that would lay the groundwork for the fragmented, fractured medieval world.

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Jun 08 2017

42mins

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Rank #10: 7: The Three Transformations Of Roman Gaul

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Gaul was one of the heartlands of the Roman Empire, and it encompassed a tremendous amount of diversity within its borders. Over the course of the fifth century, the region split along its fault lines, with three different paths emerging for its constituent parts. The north became a playground for Frankish warlords, while in the two southern locales, life went on much as it had before.

Oct 20 2016

55mins

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Rank #11: 8: The Vandals and the Fall of Roman Africa

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North Africa was the most prosperous region of the western Roman Empire, the agricultural heartland that fed the city of Rome, and the barbarian Vandals' conquest of the region was the final nail in the coffin of the Western Empire as a whole.

Nov 23 2016

49mins

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Rank #12: 18: The Warlords of Northern Gaul and the Rise of the Franks

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As the Roman Empire disintegrated, northern Gaul turned first into a military province and then into a playground for warlords, some Roman and some barbarian. This episode is the story of how one warlord and one group navigated this environment to become the kingdom of the Franks.

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May 11 2017

48mins

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Rank #13: 19: Why Didn't Rome Rise Again? An Interview with Professor Walter Scheidel

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Why didn't Rome rise again? Everywhere else in the world, the appearance of one great empire was marked by their recurrent resurgence, but in Europe it happened only once. Professor Walter Scheidel of Stanford University - the author of numerous outstanding books on Rome and beyond, most recently "The Great Leveler", on the history of economic inequality - argues that this lack of recurring empires is what laid the groundwork for the eventual rise of Europe, the Great Divergence, that underpins the modern world of today.

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May 18 2017

33mins

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Rank #14: 14: The Calamitous Fifth Century - A Narrative History

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It took just 80 years for the Roman Empire to fall apart completely, from a ponderous but functional state at the death of Theodosius the Great 395 to nonexistence by 476. How and why did that happen? In this narrative, we examine the major figures and events of the calamitous fifth century.
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Mar 16 2017

43mins

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Rank #15: 17: Ostrogothic Kingdom or the Western Empire Reborn?

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Under the leadership of their great king Theoderic, the Ostrogoths built a kingdom for themselves in Italy. But was this a kingdom, and Theoderic a king, or was he an emperor and his new realm the Western Empire reborn?
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Apr 27 2017

47mins

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