Best Thing The Roman Empire Ever Did For Us? Collapse, One Author Says

The gripping story of how the end of the Roman Empire was the beginning of the modern world.
Rome's City Hall by an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

A big rethink of the fall of the Roman Empire. Was it actually an opportunity, rather than a tragedy? Our guest says Rome’s demise cleared the economic path for Europe and the creation of the modern age.


Walter Scheidel, professor of classics and history at Stanford University. Author of the new book “Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road,” among others. ()

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