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.
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.