How Lead (Maybe?) Caused the Downfall of the Roman Empire

Ancient Rome’s emperors did some pretty bizarre stuff—bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter, appointing a horse as a priest, dressing in animal skins and attacking people… the list goes on. Why did they act this way? Possibly… lead poisoning. In this week’s episode, we unwrap the possibility that lead caused the Roman Empire’s collapse.

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Executive Producers:
George Zaidan
Hilary Hudson

Andrew Sobey
Elaine Seward

Sam Jones, PhD

Scientific consultants:
Leila Duman, PhD
Christopher Holstege, MD
Brianne Raccor, PhD
Sean Scott, PhD

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