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The Fate of Rome

Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (Princeton History of the Ancient World)

Kyle Harper

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How devastating viruses, pandemics, and other natural catastrophes swept through the far-flung Roman Empire and helped to bring down one of the mightiest civilizations of the ancient world

Here is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. The Fate of Rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome's power--a story of nature's triumph over human ambition. Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. The Fate of Rome is a sweeping account of how one of history's greatest civilizations encountered and endured, yet ultimately succumbed to, the cumulative burden of nature's violence.

Princeton University Press, 9780691192062, 440pp.

Publication Date: April 9, 2019



About the Author

Kyle Harper is professor of classics and letters and senior vice president and provost at the University of Oklahoma. His books include Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425.