Great, accessible but informative podcast. Highly engaging.
I love everything about Ancient Rome but this isnât a narrative this is enlightening history. Thanks so much
Thanks for your knowledge, this has been very enjoyable.
Much like Mike Duncanâs History of Rome, the first few episodes are ROUGH. However, also like the History of Rome, by around episode four Patrick finds his footing and the series really begins to shine. His analysis is clear yet detailed and incredibly well thought out. Just a fantastic series!
I love his podcasts. He breathes life into history, especially an area I know little about. He narrates in a conversational style that makes it so appealing.
This is an awesome, nuanced discussion of the fall of the Roman Empire by a podcaster who has just completed a dissertation on the subject. What really stands out about "The Fall of Rome" to me is that it explores not only the history of Rome's decline, but also the historiography of the period. Patrick Wyman structures his investigation like a graduate student writing a dissertation--in a good sense. He identifies a key question or probelm in the historiography of the decline, briefly outlines the ways others have tried to answer this question, describes his own approach to the issue, explains WHY he is using this particular approach and then brings this approach to bear on the historical or archaelogical record. This way of doing things may not be for everyone, but I took it as an invitation not only to listen to, but also think about what Wyman wanted to tell me. Great podcast!
Iâve been listening to this podcast for several episodes now, and itâs great. Patrick combines deep subject knowledge with clear narrative and analysis. As a Ancient history PhD, I appreciate his scholarly approach and clear discussion of the historiography. He effectively couples it with approachable narratives about hypothetical characters designed to make his claims clearer to non-experts. Great job!
I really enjoy these! I've listened to the first 21 episodes after hearing a rec from Mike Duncan. Wyman is much different and more serious. I really appreciate the integration of archeological research. The podcasts are like listening to a great college lecture.
I think for the first time in my life I wake up and eagerly jump into traffic jam. This podcast is just addictive! Can't wait to just enjoy my three hours of commuting every weekday listening to this program.
I will not listen to any Wondery podcasts as long as they are associated with Mike Boudet.
Loved this series. Wish there were more episodes.
Excellent content, delivered in a way that makes it accessible to a layperson like me. I appreciate that he tries to humanize the experience of fictional characters in the periods he talks about- he captures the imagination and really brings an impact to the narrative. Very well delivered, and he presents multiple opinions on historical periods.
As someone who has a history degree from the University of Oregon, I am constantly trying to further my knowledge in the history discipline. Patrick Wyman is an incredibly well read historian and I am the type of person who tries to poke holes in most historical arguments. However, with Pat Wyman it is nearly impossible to revoke his assertions because he has well researched evidence and credible sources. His podcast is recommended by myself to any one who is curious about the fall of the Roman Empire or history issues in general!
Thank you, Patrick. I have been putting on a chapter of Fall of Rome every time I go to the gym. It sure makes the Nordic Track a lot less boring. I appreciate your humanizing take on the various aspects of the fall of Rome. I also greatly enjoy your feeling for the degree of complexity involved in the relationships between Rome and the barbarian world.
love this show
Incredibly well written. Engaging and thought-provoking. I specially like the characters that put that puts the history into a wonderful, relatable human perspective. Highly recommended!
If you like history or info on be Roman Empire then you will likely enjoy this very much as I did.
While Recovering from my own 11/29/17 fallâthat destroyed both feet, Surgery, then 2.5 mos in Rehabâmy daily listening this Podcast's, REALLY Interesting, well-Researched Episodes did what NO Pain Medication could: Keep my Mind Off ItâImmersing my Imagination and/or Discomfort into a part of History I'd always been Intrigued by; how, why, when, etc Rome DID fall. Thank You, Patrick, for this Marvelous Diversion, from, (and Swallowing fact I now, was Handicapped). (gaeasmidwife :))
very clear; very well-spoken. Very accurate. naturally there were some popularizations and simplifications (using fictional models) there were merely figures of speech. I listened to every epispose and some several times. The content is really outstanding.
Thank you Pat for all the hard work you put into this pod!
Interesting stuff here.. but hearing this guy speak is like having a hammer give you a tap on the forehead at the end of each sentence.
Every episode is copy-pasted from âTides of Historyâ to this podcast!
Patrick does terrific job of explaining complex issues through compelling narratives. His way of representing a story through "fictional" characters is great and very convincing. I noticed doing that myself explaining concepts :)I considered myself a very educated amateur on the subject and was surprised to discover SO much more in this educative and fascinating podcast.
Learning more about the fall of Rome has always been on my list of things to read more about. I love history and itâs an area I wanted to understand better. I stumbled on this podcast just looking around and very happy I did. Super interesting, well presented, and enjoyable to listen to - Iâm getting all the information I had hoped for and then some!
These short episodes are terrific and comprehensive in every way I can articulate, Mr. Wyman truly has done an amazing job with this and Iâm currently 10Episodes deep and Iâm hooked.
I really enjoy his teaching style. I was able to hold on to key parts and he held attention the entire time.
Patrick brings the latest scholarly research to bear on this fascinating period of history, while also giving the listener a sense of how history played out in individuals' lives. To do this he creates composite, fictionalized characters who participate in momentous events: a Visigothic warrior who would have fought at Adrianople, or a Sicilian merchant mariner who would have carried Vandal grain from North Africa to Rome. This podcast makes important distinctions about how the fall of the Roman empire played out in various parts of the empire (i.e., very differently), and about the motives, tactics and fates of the various barbarian tribes that brought the empire down. Patrick also navigates sort of a middle ground between the apocalyptic, ravening-barbarians framing of the fall of Rome and, on the other hand, the current generation of scholarly loons who maintain that no dark age succeeded the fall of Rome. I love the podcast and hate the fulsome commercials.
Love how the host really puts the listener intro he shoes of a person from the times that the romans ruled the world. Very cool
Love the podcast! I really enjoy the focus on the economic changes that shaped politics and daily life. The stories of individuals and their families also personalized this period which I didnât know much about before.
The host does an excellent job of clearly explaining the events that led to a change in the way humans lived. He is sincere and knowledgable.
Better than the best college history course I took!Instead of the usual chronological narrative, PW focuses on major inflection points, explaining what happened,why, and what might have been. He also acquaints us with alternate viewpoints. Keep it coming, PW.
Patrick Wyman makes clear sense of what had previously seemed to be a vague notion of how the Roman Empire fell. Well researched and engagingly presented. Even more interesting than I expected it to be
Even-handed and thoughtful. This guy is a master at explaining complicated things in simple terms, without losing the nuance.
A true scholar of the era, with the uncanny ability to make it accessible to a dim witted public servant like me!
23 episodes and it was still a headlong gallop across 300 years of Imperial history! It was great!
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.