Though efforts to understand human caused climate change have intensified in recent decades weather observers have been paying close attention to changes in climate for centuries. In the eastern roman empire climate change resulted in a regional prolonged drought from about 400 540 ad the medieval warming was when the dark age of europe began to light giving birth to the renaissance period. The fate of rome climate disease and the end of an empire by the university of oklahomas kyle harper makes a strong argument for the role of plague and a shifting climate in the confluence of political economic and social processes that we label the fall of the roman empire. Nicola di cosmo joined the institute as luce foundation professor in east asian studies in the school of historical studies in 2003 his main field of research is the history of the relations between china and inner asia from prehistory to the modern period. The age of the roman empires peak in the first two centuries ad the pax romana coincided with a remarkably favorable period in climate history known as the roman climatic optimum the area covered by the roman empire was warmer wetter and more climatically stable from year to year than it had been before or would be after
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