The Dark Ages
To really understand the Dark Ages one must first understand what happened during the period of 450 to 1066. Ultimately , the Dark Ages which was later termed the Middle Ages were the result of the great success of the Roman Empire. It is no secret that the Roman Empire was one of the greatest stories of mass conquest in all of history.
During this time the arts, sciences and engineering flourished. Vast amounts of wealth were created through free open commerce. Like modern world today, irrigation, sewage and even event stadiums were built out of the luxury provided. It was the most advanced civilization of it's time. The Romans were responsible for a great many advancements. They were responsible for building aqueducts, roads, bath houses, walls, theaters, monasteries, arches and palaces. Many of these resources have lasted until this very day.
The great light of the Roman Empire was said to have gone out in 476 AD, and thus the age of darkness is said to have begun at that point. Rome's rule had lasted eight hundred years. In the place of Rome the barbarian kingdoms arose and ruled the west. The Dark Ages were to rule over Europe until about 1000 AD (Gleanings, 2004).
The Dark Ages are a term where society was thought to be in great decline. What was a great and powerful Empire was broke into smaller nation states, and many pockets of influences. It is assumed that there was a general lack of learning and culture and that overall, man descended to a less advanced way of living. However, I would question "In what way were the dark ages dark?" may not be the correct question to ask. Instead, I would be asking "Did life of most people actually decline during the Dark Ages?" My assertion is that the life of most people did not decline much. The Dark Ages may not have actually been that dark. On the contrary the Dark Ages saw many great things like Universities being born. The...
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