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Unformatted text preview: The period of the fall of Rome lasts roughly from 200-500 CE and comprises the decomposition of a highly developed civilization in the face of challenges emerging from peoples much more primitive in technological, cultural, linguistic, and even religious terms. These three-hundred years demonstrate, from Britain all the way to the Adriatic Sea, the shift from Roman order to bloody and lawless disorder. Indeed, while the eras of Republican and Classical Imperial Rome were full of revolts, military difficulties, and economic downturns, it is when studying Rome's last generations that we can fully understand the nostalgia that people of the Middle Ages and Renaissance held for the glorious vision of Rome that died along with Marcus Aurelius. In effect, then, Roman history beginning with Constantine, as the historian Bury puts it, is European Medieval history. By Constantine's time, the historical circumstances that were to mark European Medieval history....
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08