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I'm Patrick Wyman, and I just finished my PhD in the history of Late Antiquity - the period between about 300 and 700 - at USC. The Fall of the Roman Empire is my specialty, and in this podcast I'll be bringing you the most recent work on this topic in digestible format.

I'm Patrick Wyman, and I just finished my PhD in the history of Late Antiquity - the period between about 300 and 700 - at USC. The Fall of the Roman Empire is my specialty, and in this podcast I'll be bringing you the most recent work on this topic in digestible format.
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I'm Patrick Wyman, and I just finished my PhD in the history of Late Antiquity - the period between about 300 and 700 - at USC. The Fall of the Roman Empire is my specialty, and in this podcast I'll be bringing you the most recent work on this topic in digestible format.

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Episodes

Interview: Historian Kyle Harper on Disease, Climate and the Fall of the Roman Empire

4/3/2018
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How did a changing climate and plague play into the fall of the Roman Empire? I'm joined by Kyle Harper, Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma, to discuss his important new book The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire. Subscribe to Tides of History today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Watch the trailer for Darkest Hour: http://bit.ly/2uH7nAt Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you...

Duration:00:38:09

Tides of History: Natural Disasters and the End of the Roman Empire

3/20/2018
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Justinian was the last great Roman emperor, but his reign was plagued by disasters beyond his control: volcanic eruptions, a changing climate, and a plague of epic proportions. Those disasters created a turning point that we can, with good reason, call the end of the Roman Empire. Subscribe to Tides of History today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30...

Duration:00:44:04

Tides of History: Justinian the Great and the Reconquest of the Western Empire

3/6/2018
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Justinian is one of the defining figures of the Roman Empire. In many ways, he marks the boundary between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore his ambitious reform program and his reconquest of the lost provinces of the West. Subscribe to Tides of History today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30 at: www.hellofresh.com Squarespace - Get a...

Duration:00:46:34

Tides of History: How the Eastern Roman Empire Survived Attila the Hun and the Disastrous Fifth Century

2/20/2018
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While the western half of the Roman Empire was collapsing, the east managed to weather the storm of the disastrous fifth century. In this episode, we examine how and why it survived Attila the Hun and a host of other problems through the eyes of a family of soldiers and bureaucrats. Subscribe to Tides of History today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Thank you to our sponsors: Texture - Get a 14-day free trial with access to thousands of online magazines...

Duration:00:50:13

Tides of History: Why Didn't The Eastern Empire Fall?

2/6/2018
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When we talk about the fall of the Roman Empire, we're only talking about the western half - France, Spain, Italy, North Africa, and Britain. The eastern half of the Roman Empire survived the disastrous fifth century and would last in one form or another until 1453. What was so special about the eastern half of the Roman Empire, and how did it avoid the fate of its western cousin? Subscribe to Tides of History today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Thank you to our...

Duration:00:40:26

Interview: Christianizing the Roman Empire with Professor Lisa Bitel

1/16/2018
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How did the Roman Empire, and barbarian Europe after it, become Christian? To find out, I talked to Professor Lisa Bitel of the University of Southern California, a world-class expert on medieval Christianity and Christian conversion.

Duration:00:45:16

Tides of History: How Latin Became the Romance Languages

12/14/2017
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How did Latin splinter into the Romance languages? In this episode, we explore how Latin transformed from a single, widely dispersed language into a series - French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, and so on - of related but no longer mutually intelligible tongues. Thank you to our sponsors: Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when enter code TIDES30 at: www.hellofresh.com Squarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain...

Duration:00:51:40

Tides of History: The Decline and Fall of the Roman City

11/14/2017
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Cities were what made the Roman world Roman, but as the Empire fell apart, so did its cities. They shrank drastically or disappeared entirely between 400 and 600. In today's episode, we'll find out how and why. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH Thank you to our sponsors: Audible - Try audible free and get a free audio book when you visit them here: www.audible.com/tides Squarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain...

Duration:00:34:48

Tides of History: The Roman City

10/24/2017
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Cities were what made the Roman world, well, Roman. They were centers of culture and political life, and they were the bedrock that tied together its economy. Today we'll explore how those cities came into being, what sustained them, and what made them so important to the Roman Empire. Subscribe to Tides of History today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH

Duration:00:41:21

Introducing Tides of History

7/20/2017
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History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cultural change that shape the world and everyone who lives on it. In this new series from Wondery, PhD historian Patrick Wyman (Fall of Rome) brings the cutting edge of that history to listeners in plain, relatable English. Episodes 1 & 2 out...

Duration:00:14:03

23: Could the Roman Empire Have Survived?

6/22/2017
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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. Take the survey at wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:38:24

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

6/15/2017
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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. Take the survey at Wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:42:59

21: Rome's Legacy and the Barbarian Kingdoms

6/8/2017
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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. Take the survey at Wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:43:23

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

5/25/2017
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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. Watch a preview of Genius, the new show on National Geographic about Albert Einstein, starring academy award winner...

Duration:00:52:03

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

5/18/2017
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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...

Duration:00:33:55

18: The Warlords of Northern Gaul and the Rise of the Franks

5/11/2017
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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. Watch a preview of Genius, the new show on National Geographic about Albert Einstein, starring academy award winner Geoffrey Rush: NatGeoTV.com/Genius Take the survey at wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:49:27

17: Ostrogothic Kingdom or the Western Empire Reborn?

4/27/2017
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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? Watch a preview of Genius, the new show on National Geographic about Albert Einstein, starring academy award winner Geoffrey Rush: NatGeoTV.com/Genius Take the survey at wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:48:56

16: The Kingdom of the Visigoths

4/13/2017
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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. Watch a preview of Genius, the new show on National Geographic about Albert Einstein, starring academy award winner Geoffrey Rush: NatGeoTV.com/Genius Take the survey at wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:45:00

15: The Death of the Roman Political System

3/30/2017
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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. Watch a preview of Genius, the new show on National Geographic about Albert Einstein, starring academy award winner Geoffrey Rush: NatGeoTV.com/Genius Take the survey at wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:45:17

14: The Calamitous Fifth Century - A Narrative History

3/16/2017
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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. Take the survey at wondery.com/survey.

Duration:00:44:46