The Fall of Rome Podcast, Episode 21: Rome’s Legacy and the Barbarian Kingdoms

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.


The Fall of Rome Podcast, Episode 20: The Anglo-Saxon Migration, the North Sea World, and the Birth of England

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.

The Fall of Rome Podcast, Episode 19: Why Didn’t Rome Rise Again? An Interview with Professor Walter Scheidel

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.

The Fall of Rome Podcast, Episode 12: The End of the Roman Economy

The Roman economy was a marvel, the powerhouse that produced surpluses big enough to support huge cities, maintain an enormous standing army, and construct monumental buildings that stand to this day. When the Roman state fell apart, so too did the economy it supported, but in different ways, in different places, at different times. If you have a spare moment, take the survey at