Want to compare the US in 2017 to the fall of Rome?

Then you should learn about the fall of Rome. Here’s a podcast all about it, perfect for listening to in your car, on the train, or while you’re doing chores at home:

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Linked from here:

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This is one story of how the Roman world fell apart.

I’m Patrick Wyman, and I just finished my PhD on the end of the Roman Empire. It seems pretty silly to me that professional historians don’t actually talk to the general public—why would you spend decades working on something if you don’t want to tell people about it?—so that’s why I’m doing this podcast on the fall of Rome.

pub. 03/2017

He answers some thoughtful questions (and links his dissertation) in the comments, too.