Welcome to the Fall of Rome. I’m your host, Patrick Wyman, and I recently completed my PhD on precisely this topic.
The story you probably learned in school – ravaging hordes of fur-wearing barbarians tore down the civilized Empire – is at best incomplete, and at worst just plain wrong. I’ll take you on a journey along the cutting edge of history, archaeology, genetics, forensic science, climate science, and paleoepidemiology to provide an up-to-date understanding of one of the most important processes in human history.
In the first episode, we’ll go over when and where the fall of the Roman Empire took place, and what we mean when we say “Fall of Rome.”
Give it a listen: