Fall of Civilizations

Fall of Civilizations tells the story of what happens when societies collapse. Each episode, we look at a civilization that rose to glory, and then collapsed into the ashes of history.

We ask: Why did it collapse? What happened next? And what did it feel like to be a person alive at the time?

Fall of Civilizations is extraordinary. It is, of course, well paced, well produced, and well researched, but you will find yourself challenging your assumptions and viewing each civilization in a fresh, new way.

Latest Episodes
  • Episode one of Fall of Civilizations is now live!
    on January 21, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    Episode 1 of the Fall of Civilizations Podcast is now live! A vast ruined bath house, a fire-damaged poem and a world teetering on the brink of collapse. In this episode, we look at the collapse of Roman Britain. Find out how a great civilization grew up almost overnight on the island of Britannia, how … Continue reading Episode one of Fall of Civilizations is now live! →

  • Episode 2 is now live!
    on January 21, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    Episode 2 of the Fall of Civilizations Podcast is now live! Sometime around the year 1100 BC, a wave of destruction washed over the Eastern Mediterranean. It wiped whole civilizations off the map, and left only ash and ruin in its wake. This catastrophe, known as “the Late Bronze Age Collapse”, has become one of … Continue reading Episode 2 is now live! →

  • Fall of Civilizations available on more platforms!
    on January 24, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    The Fall of Civilizations Podcast is now available on a wide variety of podcasting platforms! You can find some of them below: iTunes // SoundCloud // Stitcher // Spotify // YouTube // RSS

  • Episode 4 of Fall of Civilizations is now live!
    on March 26, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    One of the most unlikely tales of a society’s fall is the incredible saga of the Vikings of Greenland. Find out how these European settlers built a society on the farthest edge of their world, and survived for centuries among some of the harshest conditions ever faced by man. Discover how this civilization was able … Continue reading Episode 4 of Fall of Civilizations is now live! →

  • Episode 5 of Fall of Civilizations is now Live!
    on May 6, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    In this episode, we look at the Khmer Empire of medieval Cambodia, and the ancient mega-city of Angkor. I want to explore how this great civilization rose to a size and wealth virtually unprecedented in the world, how it overcame the challenges of its climate and landscape, and all the factors that led to its … Continue reading Episode 5 of Fall of Civilizations is now Live! →

  • πŸ—Ώ Episode 6 of Fall of Civilizations is now live! πŸ—Ώ
    on July 26, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    In this episode, we take a look at one of archaeology’s most enduring puzzles: the mystery of Easter Island. Find out how this unique community grew up in complete isolation, severed from the rest of the world by a vast expanse of ocean. Discover the incredible story of how it survived for so many centuries, … Continue reading 🗿 Episode 6 of Fall of Civilizations is now live! 🗿 →

  • πŸ‘‘ Episode 7 of Fall of Civilizations is now live! πŸ‘‘
    on August 29, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    Today, the Songhai Empire is all but forgotten by history. But this medieval kingdom was once the most powerful force in Africa. Find out how this civilization grew up on the fringes of the Sahara Desert, among some of the most extreme conditions that nature can throw at us. Discover how it grew and flourished, … Continue reading 👑 Episode 7 of Fall of Civilizations is now live! 👑 →

  • πŸŒ“ Episode 8 is now live! πŸŒ”
    on October 25, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    In the dusts of Iraq, the ruins of the world’s first civilization lie buried. This episode, we travel into the extremely distant past to look at the Sumerians. These ancient people invented writing and mathematics, and built some of the largest cities that the world had ever seen. Find out about the mystery of their … Continue reading 🌓 Episode 8 is now live! 🌔 →

  • πŸ”₯Episode 9 is now Live!πŸ”₯
    on December 16, 2019 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    This episode, we look back at the age of the Aztecs. Learn how this society grew from nothing to create one of the world’s largest cities in the middle of a lake. Discover Aztec riddles, poetry and songs, as well as the bloody ritual of the flower wars. And hear the remarkable story of how … Continue reading 🔥Episode 9 is now Live!🔥 →

  • Episode 10 is now Live!
    on February 24, 2020 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    A city in ruins. A dynasty in tatters. An empire in ashes… This episode, we look at the remarkable story of the first empire of ancient China, the Han dynasty. With ancient Chinese poetry, songs and folk music, we look back at the first empire’s rise, its remarkable technological advances, and its first, tentative attempts … Continue reading Episode 10 is now Live! →

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