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 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! →

  • 🗿 Episode 6 of Fall of Civilizations is now live! 🗿
    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! 🗿 →

  • Episode 7 of Fall of Civilizations is now live!
    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! →

  • Episode 8 is now live!
    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! →

  • Episode 9 is now Live!
    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! →

  • EPISODE 11 IS OUT NOW
    on July 14, 2020 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    On the outskirts of modern Istanbul, a line of ancient walls lies crumbling into the earth… In this episode, we look at one of history’s most incredible stories of survival – the thousand-year epic of the Byzantine Empire. Find out how this civilization suffered the loss of its Western half, and continued the unbroken legacy … Continue reading EPISODE 11 IS OUT NOW →

  • EPISODE 12 IS NOW LIVE
    on January 12, 2021 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    High up on the craggy peaks of the Urubamba Canyon, a lost city lies wreathed in cloud… In this episode, we explore the mountains of the Andes, and tell the story of the Inca Empire. Find out how these mountain people built the largest empire in the Western Hemipshere, in one of the toughest terrains … Continue reading EPISODE 12 IS NOW LIVE →

  • 🌴🦁EPISODE 13 IS NOW LIVE 🦁🌴
    on June 14, 2021 by Paul M.M. Cooper

    In the lowlands of Northern Iraq, a series of enormous cities lies crumbling in ruins… In this episode, find out about one of the most remarkable ancient civilizations: the society known today as the neo-Assyrian Empire. Discover how the Assyrians built their empire out of the ashes of the Bronze Age, and built an empire … Continue reading 🌴🦁EPISODE 13 IS NOW LIVE 🦁🌴 →

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