Michael McCormick: 'Climate Change and the Fall of the Roman Empire -April 24, 2011
Uses the latest results of archaeology, written sources, and the natural sciences to study the changes, violent or subtle, that transformed the Roman world to produce medieval civilization between ca. 300 and 600. Topics include Constantine's conversion, economic recovery and collapse, the barbarians, women and power, Roman Gaul, pandemic disease; the impact of Rome's rise and fall on the environment. The course emphasizes reading ancient sources in translation and new archaeological discoveries.
Avaliable at: youtube.com/watch?v=ECjO1yyd1Cw