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Kyle Harper, The Fate of Rome. Climate, Disease and the End of an Empire

Issue: Vol 5 No. 1-2 (2018)

Journal: Journal of Cognitive Historiography

Subject Areas: Ancient History Cognitive Studies Archaeology

DOI: 10.1558/jch.39567


Kyle Harper, The Fate of Rome. Climate, Disease and the End of an
Empire (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017), 440 pp. ISBN:
978-0691166834, £27.95 (hbk).

Author: Greg Woolf

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