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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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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/TOHWatch the trailer for Darkest Hour: http://bit.ly/2uH7nAtThank you to our sponsors:Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30 at:www.hellofresh.comSquarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here:www.squarespace.com/tidesMVMT - Get 15% off your order when you visit them here:www.mvmt.com/tidesQuip - Get a free brush head refill when you purchase a toothbrush here:www.getquip.com/tides
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/TOHThank you to our sponsors:Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30 at:www.hellofresh.comSquarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here:www.squarespace.com/tidesMVMT - Get 15% off your order when you visit them here:www.mvmt.com/tidesQuip - Get a free brush head refill when you purchase a toothbrush here:www.getquip.com/tides
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/TOHThank you to our sponsors:Hello Fresh - Take $30 off your first week of meals when you enter code TIDES30 at:www.hellofresh.comSquarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here:www.squarespace.com/tidesMVMT - Get 15% off your order when you visit them here:www.mvmt.com/tidesQuip - Get a free brush head refill when you purchase a toothbrush here:www.getquip.com/tides
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/TOHThank you to our sponsors:Texture - Get a 14-day free trial with access to thousands of online magazines here:www.texture.com/tidesSquarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here:www.squarespace.com/tidesThe Great Courses - Get a free trial with access to thousands of videos here:www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tides
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/TOHThank you to our sponsors:Texture - Get a 14-day free trial with access to thousands of online magazines here:www.texture.com/tidesSquarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here:www.squarespace.com/tidesThe Great Courses - Get a free trial with access to thousands of videos here:www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tides
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.
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.comSquarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here:www.squarespace.com/tidesZip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/tides
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/TOHThank you to our sponsors:Audible - Try audible free and get a free audio book when you visit them here:www.audible.com/tidesSquarespace - Get a free trial and save 10% when you launch your domain here:www.squarespace.com/tidesZip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/tidesThe Great Courses - Get a free trial with access to thousands of videos here:www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tides
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
Introducing Tides of History

Introducing Tides of History

2017-07-2000:14:124

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 now!Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/TOH
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Comments (18)

Patrick O'Flynn

I stopped listening because of mic. pity, it was interesting.

Apr 23rd
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Nonya Business

Feckless and Petra? Genius.

Apr 20th
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Adam Jrw Smith

Audio quality is awful. The interviewee's mic keeps clicking, which is quite painful with earbuds. Otherwise, interesting content!

Feb 1st
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Steve Lamb

Fantastic cast. Highly accessible without feeling like material has been dumbed down. Very engaging.

Dec 14th
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grodhagen

A podcast about a subject from an expert is a beautiful thing. The web is awash in amateurs. Dr. Wyman is, additionally, an excellent story teller. I have long been casually interested in this period, and this is the first time I have understood the transition into the medieval era in a way that seems plausible without being simple. Dr. Wyman brings the sort of insight and authorship together as a writer like Barbara Tuchman (or Peter Englund, in Swedish).

Dec 6th
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DeathMoJo

First podcast series and must say it is fantastic. Well put together!

May 23rd
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Papyrus🔅

this is great!check it out 🔅

May 12th
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Kevin Jacobs

Thank you for putting this podcast together.

May 6th
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Aleksei Kostikov

This gentleman should be given full credit for knowledge on the subject. Thank you sir. Great podcast.

Mar 4th
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Jessica B

This is a great podcast. I have long been fascinated with ancient civilizations such as the Roman empire. I'm 12 episodes in at the time of this comment but am looking forward to the remaining. It is a lot of great information and helps make understanding how the empire ended and why.

Feb 13th
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Sundar J.M. Brown

Great stuff. I hope everyone takes the time to listen as this piece of history forms the basis of our "modern" way of thinking and being in re: behavioral economics, markets, technology, transportation, classical education (precisely, lack thereof today), warfare, national identity, philosophy, theology, religious ritualistic practices, and the great hubris, vibrating in the psyches of contemporary men and women, which underlies them all.

Jan 18th
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Trudy

so very informative. thank you!!!

Jan 14th
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Jonathan Vazquez

i enjoyed your episode on Latin language. More episodes on language, would be amazing. You've earned a subscriber and a 5 star if i figure out how to rate your podcast! thanks

Dec 20th
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Sara La

Very enlightening podcast. It delves much much deeper than any analysis I've been exposed to. He sweeps away long-held myths and dissects Roman Empire into something familiar. Nothing is "taken for granted".

Oct 24th
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Joe Mack

I really enjoy this podcast! It's very well presented and interesting. Thank you for taking the time to make it.

Oct 23rd
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Michael Pilz

showed this to a friend who was constructing an essay on barbaric nature and he was able to pass that shit with flying colors. He says thank you.

Oct 10th
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Michael Pilz

Michael Pilz wrong episode to comment on but still. great channel with so much knowledge. love it!

Oct 10th
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Adrian Nieto

good pod cast

Oct 6th
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