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American volcanoes sparked a huge dust cloud triggering catastrophic climate change which could have dealt the final blow to the Roman Empire.
This article seems to be pretty terribly researched. The western Roman was dead since 476 a full 60 years before this extreme cooling period in 536. If you want to get technical the eastern half didn't fall until the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
The current popular candidate for the source of the volcanic eruption is the Ilopango caldera in El Salvador. I don't know why the article didn't bother to mention it.
Even that's well after the sack of Rome in 410. Many people would say this is an instance of Betteridge's law of headlines, where the answer to the question in the headline is clearly ‘no.’. Me, I'm taking it to mean something like I do when I say last night was the reason I don't feel very well this morning, when it was more so actually choices I made that did me in. It's a loose association.
Extremely interesting, and bolsters my paranoia about the Yellowstone caldera (I've admittedly been watching too many bad Netflix documentaries on the topic). Jared Diamond is going to have a field day around this question and the research behind it! Thanks for snapping this!
More than happy to. Something as dramatic as the history of Rome [Podcast] needed a strong last act.