Volcanoes and Political Unrest in the Ancient World

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Live-to-air radio interview on Hope 103.2 FM with Stephen O'Doherty Open House Program.


Discussion of recent research linking climatic change caused by volcanic activity to social unrest during the Ptolemaic period.

Period29 Oct 2017

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  • TitleVolcanoes, Climate and Political Unrest in the Ancient World
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletHope 103.2
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size12 mins
    DescriptionRecent research by a US/UK team has linked volcanic eruptions to climate events that reduced the flow of the Nile during the late Ptolemaic period in Egypt. Low Nile floods were disastrous for the Egyptian economy, often causing famine and hardship. This interview discusses the research which links climate events and ancient texts during this period, and assesses the impact of climate on political stability in the ancient world.
    Producer/AuthorStephen O'Doherty
    PersonsKarin Sowada