Average rating:

out of 721 ratings.

terrific podcast on politics and history

by -diam- on Jan 16, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Genuinely Informative and Fun Podcast

by chillclimber on Jan 12, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

Learning more about the fall of Rome has always been on my list of things to read more about. I love history and it’s 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 - I’m getting all the information I had hoped for and then some!

History Lover

by DanyPadge on Jan 09, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

These short episodes are terrific and comprehensive in every way I can articulate, Mr. Wyman truly has done an amazing job with this and I’m currently 10Episodes deep and I’m hooked.

Very enjoyable

by AtruEpickmeUP on Jan 04, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

I really enjoy his teaching style. I was able to hold on to key parts and he held attention the entire time.

Excellent narrative style

by mikusaurelius on Dec 28, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Great podcast.

by Ilovecomics77 on Dec 20, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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

In depth and insightful

by Sienna Martine on Nov 12, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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 didn’t know much about before.

Superb explanation of a change in civilization

by storyteller/educator on Nov 08, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Extremely well organized and presented

by Stretchdad on Nov 06, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Excellent and compelling history

by Loki133333 on Nov 01, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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


by music-ish on Oct 31, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Even-handed and thoughtful. This guy is a master at explaining complicated things in simple terms, without losing the nuance.


by Josh from Cape May on Oct 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

A true scholar of the era, with the uncanny ability to make it accessible to a dim witted public servant like me!


by jimvan45 on Oct 23, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

23 episodes and it was still a headlong gallop across 300 years of Imperial history! It was great!

So much fun!

by partsbunny on Oct 22, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Patrick is a great presenter! He’s gone to great lengths to make sure we can see history in a very personal way. A super fun and very educational show!

History as it should be

by Gerard van Kempen (@DutchBoy) on Oct 20, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

A journey through a super interesting period of time brought in an engaging way. I just discovered this and I am binging. Highly recommended

Real good

by self proclaimed genius on Oct 16, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★



by thanos2013 on Oct 15, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent, what else needs said.


by StephenCole on Oct 13, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Great listen. You don't need to be a history buff to enjoy this, either.

Simply superb!

by Three_degrees_off_center on Oct 06, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.


by Den55f on Oct 04, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

A very interesting topic. I did not know too much about the Roman Empire. Now I do. Concise and intelligent.

Amazing Podcast

by byrdatl on Oct 03, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

As a student of history, I’ve 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.

Fascinating new take on old debate

by SM in US on Sep 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.


by Slartibartfast2 on Sep 25, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Phenomenal podcast

Love the different perspectives

by Dgues on Sep 22, 2017
Rating: ★★★★☆

And characters that take you through the history. Very well done

Excellent History podcast

by Bleu252525 on Sep 18, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Very informative.

Terrific podcast

by Wildling9 on Sep 14, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Really brings to life an ancient civilization that once ruled most of the known world.

Fascinating podcast!

by Paul S. from California on Sep 11, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this podcast.

The Fall of Rome

by TKinsey1 on Sep 07, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★


Great unpacking of a storied legacy

by Rhinosaraus on Sep 07, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

I've had so much fun!

by Mathews Thankachan on Sep 06, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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!

Smazing stuff!

by Julianojae on Sep 06, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Great job! It is an amazing peace of work!


by Nonickanem on Sep 03, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.


by Yangsian on Sep 03, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Incredibly well done

by GB4258921692 on Sep 01, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Patrick does a great job making the material understandable and accessible for anyone from a neophyte to a PhD. Really enjoyable work!

Someone who understands how history really happens

by DaveSTL05 on Aug 31, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Comprehensive and easy to follow

by ABav8tor on Aug 30, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Great podcast.

Great History

by Trestir on Aug 25, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.


by Julius_jl on Aug 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Very well done.

Finally, a podcast on Late Antiquity

by Guyinthecardboardbox on Aug 19, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

This is awesome

by Jqd81 on Aug 11, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Absolutely brilliant!

by EdWednesday on Aug 09, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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!

by Smalize on Aug 09, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Love it when I see a new one in my feed!

Great - interesting and insightful

by LF1718 on Aug 04, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

By all means listen!

by Kleegrubaugh on Aug 02, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Tantalizing, fascinating, intriguing.

One of my favorite podcasts

by jnelli27 on Aug 01, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.


by yourmotherwasahampster on Jul 31, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a wonderful podcast! Downloaded it before a long trip, listened to 12 episodes before I knew it! He’s thorough and gives you something of an academic’s take, but also explains things in a way that even a novice can understand. I’m so happy I stumbled upon this! Can’t wait to keep going through it. I’ve also recommended it to my dad! Think he’ll love it too.

Great show

by Xsees on Jul 29, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.


by holy.DrIVER on Jul 29, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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!

Fascinating stories

by Groundhog55 on Jul 29, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

I started listening to the earlier episodes last week and find each episode's narrative is top notch.

Amazing podcast! Interesting and easy to follow.

by y@ on Jul 28, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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.