A conversation with Paul Stephenson about the impact of lead mining and smelting on the miners themselves, the communities around them, and on plants, animals, and human beings across the Roman Empire. This is part of a broader and ongoing project on metallurgy and environmental violence.
Paul Stephenson is a Faculty Member at Pennsylvania State University and the author of ten books about the Roman and Byzantine worlds. Click here to visit his Academia.edu page. Paul integrates the recent science of Roman lead into his latest history of the empire, New Rome: The Empire in the East (Harvard University Press 2022).
The album A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry’s Court: Christmas 1400, London, by Cappella Romana is available at https://cappellarecords.com/recording/byzantine-emperor/
Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, a Professor at the University of Chicago. You can follow him on his personal website.
Top Image: Inscribed lead pipe (Ancient Roman) at the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna – photo by © José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro / Wikimedia Commons