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