Humanities 303 Course 1 Project
Professor Davina Dandridge
September 16, 2014
I. Introduction of the Dark Ages
The dark ages is this tumultuous era, when no one actually really knows exactly what happened and really would not like to consider it dark although that was time of the fall of Rome, where through the eventual light of progress revealed at the dawn of the middle Ages, It was a lot going on an implied judgment being that in that particular period in European history from about 476 A.D to about 1000, and all of the Middles Ages it is felt that there was a lack of knowledge, enlightenment, and a whole lot of deaths, ignorance, barbarianism, and times of war and famine that went on all the way to Reenaissance period or stage marked by repressiveness” dark ages (n.d.). What will be discussed is how the Roman Empire had conquered a stunning expanse of territories, as well as how it crumbled, the individuals who were apart of this violence and disarray, but also it will be discusses where, Frankish leader Clovis rose to power and the Byzantines constructed glorious monuments including the Hagia Sophia, and King Charlemagne of France on how he provided a model pathway toward revitalization in the 8th century. II. What the term the Dark Ages mean?
The Italian Scholar, Francesco Petrarca called Petrarch was the first to coin the phrase. Roman Empire & their Rulers- Two thousand years ago, the world was ruled by Rome. From England to Africa and from Syria to Spain, one in every four people on earth lived and died under Roman law. (Evans, 1998) Middle Ages
III. Humanities and its effect on the world
The Emperor Justinian transformed Byzantine society. (Evans, 1998) Charlemagne and his input during the Dark Ages--King Charlemagne of France provided a model pathway toward revitalization in the 8th century.(history.com Staff, 2009) St. Benedict garnered new philosophical insights,
Modern Popular Use
IV. Events that Led to the Advancement
The Dark Ages - State and the Church The Dark Ages was a period of religious struggle Good vs. Bad -Despite the religious conflicts, the period of the Dark Ages was seen as an age of faith. Impact of Ireland had in the world that would emerge from the Dark Ages Byzantines- Constructed glorious monuments including the Hagia Sophia,
V. In what ways were the Dark Ages darks?
The rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire
Feudalism-The dominant political system
Goths- Refugees forced into Rebellion
Alaric- turned from friend to foe 408 A.D
Europe- was dominated by bitter warfare, crude violence, and the erratic whims of weather and disease. the effects of the bubonic Plague, and the key conflicts and holy wars Bubonic Plague-Killed an estimated 100-200 million people (Cantor, 2002) VI. Way this society inadvertently prepared to emerge in modernity through the preservation of classical literature and scripture- Literature produced in early Old English A Germanic language with a Celtic imagination, Expressed in Arthurian legend- Adapting the roman alphabet for writing (Shaw, 2013) Chivalric code- contract meaning
King Charlemagne of France -provided a model pathway toward revitalization in the 8th century. Empress Theodora (Evans, 1998)
Modern Popular Culture- What we endure in our lives now is almost no different front back then and the period of “the Dark Ages remains obscure to modern onlookers. The tumult of the era, its religious conflict and denigration, and debatable time period all work together to shroud the period in diminished light. The irony of this is that our 21st Century world is no less dark. It is an individual darkness, which multiplies and grows as those who reject God walk together and dominate politics, education, and society”. Our age is characterized by every intellectual and technological advance but our morals have turned backwards and until the entire population...
References: Cantor, Norman. In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made. (Harper Perennial, 2002).
Dark ages (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged
Evans, James A (1998) Encyclopedia of roman Emperor’s University of British Columbia (www.lucedu/romanemperors/dora/ Justinian/ Titus/ html
History.com Staff, (2009) http://www.history.com/topics/ Charlemagne images/media/pdf/DarkAges_Study_Guide.pdf
Medieval Sourcebook: The Institutes, 535 CE Life In Roman Times http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/535institutes.asp
Life In Roman Times http://www.pbs.org/empires/romans/empire/index.html
Medieval Sculpture (2014).Essential Humanities, Retrieved from http://www.essential-humanities.net/western-art/sculpture/medieval/
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