Climate in the Roman empire and Middle Age


A video (talk delivered by Michael McCormick) to learn about the connection between history, archaeology, and climate by understanding the relationship between climate change and historical change in Medieval Europe and in the Roman Empire.

Students will learn about reconstruction of medieval climate, links between climate and history, climate change and its possible effects on Medieval Europe and the Roman Empire, and the challenges in methods and data for historians and climate scientists.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the challenges in establishing the link between climate and historical change for the period before 1000 AD?
  2. Describe the main phases (time periods) of distinct climate in the Roman Empire (as discussed in the video). For each phase, discuss the climate and the evidence used to determine it.
  3. What are the sources of proxy data/evidence that can be used to infer past climate?
  4. How did the Romans build resilience to handle food crises?

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By Michael McCormick (Harvard University)

Hosted at youtube (Talk at Yale University)

Language: English

Location: Europe

Grade: Undergraduate

Access: Online

Computer Skills: Basic

Discipline: Humanities

Discipline Topics: Climate and History

Climate Topics: Climate and the Anthroposphere; Climate and History