The Fate of Rome
Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (The Princeton History of the Ancient World, 2)
Discover the catastrophic role climate change and infectious diseases played in the fall of the Roman Empire in this groundbreaking book. The Fate of Rome interweaves grand historical narratives with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries to explore how volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria ultimately led to nature's triumph over human ambition. Kyle Harper's sweeping account sheds new light on one of history's greatest civilizations and its encounter with nature's violence.