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6 Reasons the Dark Ages Weren't So Dark
« on: June 18, 2016, 07:39:26 PM »
The Italian scholar Petrarch coined the phrase “Dark Ages” in the 1330s to describe what he saw as a decline in the quality of Latin literature from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Later, the term expanded to refer more generally to the supposed lack of cultural advancement in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance, a period officially known as the Early Middle Ages (500-1000 A.D.). But historians—especially in later years—question the fairness of this characterization, and consider “Dark Ages” to be a derogatory term. In fact, life in the Early Middle Ages was not actually much darker or more barbaric compared to other eras, and the period saw its own share of political, social, cultural, economic and religious change.

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Re: 6 Reasons the Dark Ages Weren't So Dark
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2016, 07:55:12 PM »
I am curious if there was a change in life expectancy between the Roman Empire and the Early Dark Ages? :-\  Besides that, I am tempted to pull out my copy of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and watch it this weekend? :)

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Re: 6 Reasons the Dark Ages Weren't So Dark
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 04:42:57 PM »
I was taught (somewhere) that the term, "Dark Ages", referred to the lack of extant writings from the period, thus the inability to see as much into that period compared with others, and not a judgement of quality or morality, etc.
I have always found the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom to be so much more moving in the original Ukrainian.

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Re: 6 Reasons the Dark Ages Weren't So Dark
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 05:06:47 PM »
I looked around at Google a little and it appears that the life expectancy in the "Dark Ages" was a little higher than then in the Roman Empire.

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Re: 6 Reasons the Dark Ages Weren't So Dark
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2016, 07:42:23 PM »
Diane Moczar says the Dark Ages got a bad reputation in the eyes of later-era historians because they tended to be Protestant, while much of the West was Roman Catholic.