26 Apr 2010

The Dark Ages - Darkness Defined

Submitted by Stephen Winters
TitleThe Dark Ages - Darkness Defined
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2010
Access Year2010
Access DateApril 26, 2010
PublisherAll About History
Keywordsdark ages
Abstract

The Dark Ages – Defining the Darkness
The Dark Ages as a term has undergone many evolutions; its definition depends on who is defining it. Indeed, modern historians no longer use the term because of its negative connotation. Generally, the Dark Ages referred to the period of time ushered in by the fall of the Western Roman Empire. This took place when the last Western emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was deposed by Odoacer, a barbarian. AD 476 was the time of this event.

Initially, this era took on the term “dark” by later onlookers; this was due to the backward ways and practices that seemed to prevail during this time. Future historians used the term “dark” simply to denote the fact that little was known about this period; there was a paucity of written history. Recent discoveries have apparently altered this perception as many new facts about this time have been uncovered.

While the term dark ages is no longer widely used, it may best be described as Early Middle Ages -- the period following the decline of Rome in the Western World. The Middle Ages is loosely considered to extend from 400 to 1000 AD.

URLhttp://www.allabouthistory.org/the-dark-ages.htm
Citation KeyswAll About History

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