Patrick is a great presenter! Heâs gone to great lengths to make sure we can see history in a very personal way. A super fun and very educational show!
A journey through a super interesting period of time brought in an engaging way. I just discovered this and I am binging. Highly recommended
Excellent, what else needs said.
Great listen. You don't need to be a history buff to enjoy this, either.
This series earns top marks for content, presentation, and production values. If you like Mike Duncan's "History of Rome," David Crowther's "History of England," or Robin Pierson's "History of Byzantium," this podcast is for you.
A very interesting topic. I did not know too much about the Roman Empire. Now I do. Concise and intelligent.
As a student of history, Iâve always been fascinated by Rome. This podcast is so thoroughly researched, solidly delivered, and extremely entertaining, that it is flying by. I highly recommend this to anyone who has even the remotest interest in late antiquity.
One of the best history podcasts! Smart but not dense, approachable by both non specialists and students of history, provocative in ideas while honest and even-handed. This precursor to the "Tides of History" podcast occasionally has some sound engineering issues, but you'll quickly forgive them. It's well worth your time if you want to learn latest investigations of how something so big and long lasting as the Roman Empire came undone.
And characters that take you through the history. Very well done
Really brings to life an ancient civilization that once ruled most of the known world.
I love this podcast.
I was recommended this podcast by a friend. I think it's great. Hour long episodes which I can usually finish in a day via my commute. Creating a story out of the details we know and the reason we know (or don't know) these details is just one of the things I like a lot about this podcast. More academic than other podcasts but I think you get more out of it that way.
This is a fantastic, always entertaining podcast. I love history and this podcast makes me ponder philosophical questions about my own life by introducing me on a deep level to the people and issues of Ancient Rome. I've enjoyed this podcast greatly!
Great job! It is an amazing peace of work!
Please do more heard you advertised on ben's podcast and I wish this was around when I was growing up and for all history thank you.
This podcast series is absolutely fantastic. I know no other historian of Rome who understands and presents a case for the motivations, lives, histories, and cultures of the peripheral peoples of the empire, from the ancient Britons to the invading Goths. Fascinating, absorbing, indispensable.
Patrick does a great job making the material understandable and accessible for anyone from a neophyte to a PhD. Really enjoyable work!
Patrick Wyman is conversational, persuasive, and compellingly interesting. He does it while somehow finding a way to tell the story from the perspective of the Goths and others who drive the story without leaving a written record of their version of the story. It's done articulately and with sympathetic imagination for the Mediterranean and European world of the time in a way that I haven't encountered before.
I really enjoy the story telling aspect mixed in with the history. The cadence is spot on. I also enjoy the interviews with other colleagues.
Very well done.
An excellent podcast to follow "The History of Rome", this is a series of lectures essentially discussing the various aspects of the Late Roman world and why the WRE collapsed. More than a simple narrative, Patrick goes into great detail about the various theories and implications of how and why things turned out the way they did. I find it refreshing that there is a lack of a ideological slant to his viewpoints, and he gives other ideas a fair shake I wouldn't recommend this to people who have little grasp on the final centuries of the Western Roman Empire. It's not Patrick's fault, it's a confusing and complicated era, not commonly represented in the public media like the Republic or early Empire. He does his best though, so if you do know the rough outline it's a great starting point.
Recently finished the whole set. Excellent presentation of material--clear, concise, well delivered. I would like a bibliography page--listened in the car, so hard to keep track of the literature as it get cited.
I thought that I knew a lot about this subject but it turns out that I was wrong. Patrick goes into a great deal of depth and when you're finished you realize just how much you didn't know. Highly recommended.
Love it when I see a new one in my feed!
I love history for all kinds of reasons but don't have the time to explore it as much as I would like. This series has refreshed my memory and given me way more information than I probably ever had in classes as a non-history major. The insights and comments on various points of views from other scholars are welcome. And just as important, and certainly key to my keeping up with the podcasts, it's entertaining. Fascinating stories that are true and generally have an impact on our lives today.
Tantalizing, fascinating, intriguing.
Patrick talks in a clear and NOT monotone voice that keeps my attention. He does not assume things from the past and tells you if what he is saying is opinion. The subject matter is very interesting. Keep up the great work.
This is a wonderful podcast! Downloaded it before a long trip, listened to 12 episodes before I knew it! Heâs thorough and gives you something of an academicâs take, but also explains things in a way that even a novice can understand. Iâm so happy I stumbled upon this! Canât wait to keep going through it. Iâve also recommended it to my dad! Think heâll love it too.
I heard about this show through the authors new podcast Tides of History. They're both great - stays focused enough on the big ideas so the audience doesn't get lost in the minutos.
This podcast is very informative, easy to follow and comprehensive. The host is humble and explains even theories that differ from his own, and then explains why he makes the choices that he does. His dissertation on connection and movement of goods, people and ideas informs every episode, and they are the better for it!
I started listening to the earlier episodes last week and find each episode's narrative is top notch.
I loved the History of Rome. This is the perfect compliment. I had high expectations based on the first episode, and the next three delivered. Started episode 4 just now and I wanted to help give this gem some exposure.
Patrick Wyman is on par with Mike Duncan and Dan Carlsin! I've listened to most of the history podcasts on iTunes and not only like this topic, but also greatly enjoy Patrick's production. Keep up the great work!
If you have a baseline knowledge about Roman history, this podcast is for you. It dives headfirst into the academic literature regarding aspects of the Western fall. It also gives well developed, first person accounts of people in and around the empire.If you don't have a baseline knowledge about Roman history, you should probably get one before checking out this particular podcast. He does briefly address some of the narrative history, but only sparsely.
This podcast is full of thought provoking material. I am very excited to listen to where it is going.
With comparisons of our present day to the fall of the Roman Empire a perinnial subject for prognosticators in the media, it is so interesting to have a more complete view of the long, slow decline based on the latest historical analysis.
I get the necessity of advertising. But this podcast has a tendency of 'sneaking' the commercial breaks in. The episodes of the Roman Economy are the most egregious I've heard so far: without missing a beat, the narrator goes from discussing the latifundia to shilling for Zip Recruiter. Very jarring.So, regardless of the quality of the material, one star out of five. Have the respect for your audience to let us know when you're advertising.
Highly recommended if you're remotely interested in history, sociology or politics
I've really enjoyed this series. I learned some of this in school but to hear it in such detail and with what is current thought was really great. Style is easy to listen to. Slightly academic but I actually kinda like that. So much is so dumbed down these days. This is not. Great podcast.
Give me more podcasts like this and I will listen.
Great information presenting in an interesting way. I particularly like the narratives that are put together to describe life during the time period from an individual's perspective. I always look forward to new episodes!
This podcast is very very informative and interesting. Mr. Wyman does a great job explaining the complex interactions between disparate peoples. His ideas of not only the whats but the whys of the happenings and his utilizing of archetypal families is extremely helpful. I listen to Every episode with great interest
It's so so cool. I leaned so much that I had no idea about. Patrick could charge money for this, and he chose rather to give us a free education on an intricate part of history. Thank you!
Very enjoyable listen.