Pandemics, Climate and the Fall of the Roman Empire with Sarah Yeomans

Pandemics, Climate and the Fall of the Roman Empire with Sarah Yeomans


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At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to Egypt, from Spain to Iraq. The western Roman Empire lasted almost a thousand years. How and why such a mighty civilization fell has been a preoccupation of historians since at least the 18th century.

But today, as new technology develops that can be applied to the field science of archaeology, we are able to understand more about the past than ever before. Innovations in environmental and biological sciences are giving us tools to add another significant piece to the puzzle that is the “fall of Rome.” Rome’s relationship with the environment, the dynamics of climate change, and the biological consequences of both are now understood to have heavily impacted the great empire, and contributed significantly to its ultimate demise.

Led by an archaeologist and researcher of ancient Roman medicine, Sarah Yeomans, this interactive seminar will explore how the science of the present helps us understand the events of the past, and how climate change, environmental exploitation and epidemic disease contributed to the collapse of one of the world’s greatest civilizations. Designed to inform curiosity and educate, participants will come away with an increased understanding of this intriguing narrative and what parallels there are today between Ancient Rome and modern health issues.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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G.L.
Very informative

This presentation was very organized, thorough, informative, and a bit chilling. A wonderful, easy to understand lecture but facing the reality of what is happening now and comparing it to the similarities of what happened in ancient Rome was unsettling. Perhaps the good news is that the past can inform the future and our current situation can make the changes/adjustments needed to preserve our society. Hopefully the diligent research being done by people like Sarah will save the day!

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N.L.
Outstanding lecture on the conditions of Rome's Fall

A daringly ambitious task of research gets ten stars, if there were ten stars, for originality and presentation. Sarah Yeomans has linked pandemics to climate change and political history in a fascinating account of the conditions under which Rome fell.

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A.

Sarah Yeomans covered a vast topic in just one hour but she was able thread it all together beautifully. I look forward to another seminar with her.

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B.

If we can’t travel yet, these conversations are the best way to put quarantine time toward exciting and enriching use.

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T.

Excellent content

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
75%
(6)
25%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
G
G.L.
Very informative

This presentation was very organized, thorough, informative, and a bit chilling. A wonderful, easy to understand lecture but facing the reality of what is happening now and comparing it to the similarities of what happened in ancient Rome was unsettling. Perhaps the good news is that the past can inform the future and our current situation can make the changes/adjustments needed to preserve our society. Hopefully the diligent research being done by people like Sarah will save the day!

N
N.L.
Outstanding lecture on the conditions of Rome's Fall

A daringly ambitious task of research gets ten stars, if there were ten stars, for originality and presentation. Sarah Yeomans has linked pandemics to climate change and political history in a fascinating account of the conditions under which Rome fell.

A
A.

Sarah Yeomans covered a vast topic in just one hour but she was able thread it all together beautifully. I look forward to another seminar with her.

B
B.

If we can’t travel yet, these conversations are the best way to put quarantine time toward exciting and enriching use.

T
T.

Excellent content