[LMB] Dark Ages [not], was, What makes ...

Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Wed Aug 21 07:24:11 BST 2019


On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 09:33:00PM -0400, Katherine Collett wrote:

> Roman Empire aside, there's a lot to be said for not calling that period the Dark Ages.  See, for instance:
> 
> https://going-medieval.com/2017/05/26/theres-no-such-thing-as-the-dark-ages-but-ok/
> 
> Katherine (who wrote a paper in 7th grade, over 50 years ago, arguing against the darkness of the so-called Dark Ages, so it's not like it's a new concept)

As one of the comments indicates, there's also still reason for calling
the early middle ages in western europe dark.  Lack of manuscripts,
collapse of urban populations, collapse of trade (8th century having 2%
of the shipwrecks of the 1st), loss of Greek, loss of widespread
literacy even in Latin, loss of technologies like concrete, road
building, or messenger pigeons...

-xx- Damien X-)


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