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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. Everything

By Tada0805 - Aug 06 2019
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Everything about this episode/podcast is excellent. Conversation - style narrative drew me in and kept me intrigued. Thank you!!

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

1443 Ratings
Average Ratings
1294
78
32
16
23

Excellent. Everything

By Tada0805 - Aug 06 2019
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Everything about this episode/podcast is excellent. Conversation - style narrative drew me in and kept me intrigued. Thank you!!

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!
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The Fall of Rome Podcast

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Rank #111 in Education category

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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: 1: Introduction

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Barbarians, political breakdown, economic collapse, mass migration, pillaging and plunder. In the introduction to this series, PhD historian Patrick Wyman takes you through the broad outlines of the fall of the Roman Empire, one of the most important events in history.
Aug 05 2016
36 mins
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Rank #2: 2: The Barbarian World

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We explore the barbarian world beyond the frontiers, focusing on the fearsome Goths who would one day leave an emperor dead on the battlefield, sack Rome itself, and found a kingdom of their own inside the empire's borders. The barbarian world was tightly tied to Rome, and those connections are what we'll investigate today, through the eyes of a Goth named Wulfila.
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Aug 12 2016
39 mins
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Rank #3: 13: The Unraveling of the Roman World

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The Roman world was more than just an empire; it was a cultural, social, economic, and political space built on the easy movement of goods, people, beliefs, and practices from place to place. It was a broad unity, and when the Roman Empire fell, so too did that easy movement and the world it had created.
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Mar 02 2017
46 mins
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Rank #4: 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
51 mins
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Rank #5: 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
41 mins
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Rank #6: 15: The Death of the Roman Political System

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Taxes, soldiers, and loyalty: these were the foundations, the structures, of the Roman political system. This episode explores how and why they fell apart over the course of the disastrous fifth century, which saw the provinces gradually slip away from the control of the imperial center.
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Mar 30 2017
44 mins
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Rank #7: 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
43 mins
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Rank #8: 10: The Late Roman Army, Barbarians, and the Frontier

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The Roman army was the central institution in the late Roman world. It had changed dramatically from the classic legions of Augustus and Marcus Aurelius, adapting itself to the much different world of the third and fourth centuries, but it remained a huge economic driver and a cultural world unto itself.

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Jan 13 2017
55 mins
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Rank #9: 16: The Kingdom of the Visigoths

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The ashes of the Roman Empire produced a host of new states built on the foundations it left behind. The first of these was the Visigothic Kingdom of Toulouse, which dominated southern Gaul and helped bring about the end of the Roman Empire.
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Apr 13 2017
43 mins
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Rank #10: 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
46 mins
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Rank #11: 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
33 mins
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Rank #12: 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
37 mins
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Rank #13: 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
46 mins
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Rank #14: 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
42 mins
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Rank #15: 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
48 mins
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