Unformatted text preview: The question that presents itself, therefore, is: when did the Middle Ages begin? A Romanist perspective would dictate that we put Medieval origins in the generation starting with Diocletian and ending with Constantine's death, a period when administrative, political, and ideological bases of the state were so altered as to make it firmly different from the "classical" Roman Empire. This suggests a mid-fourth-century origin. Others could put it a little later, when Theodosius declared Christianity to be the state-supported religion, thereby eclipsing paganism and ushering in another Medieval (and modern) concept of European historyoppression of Jews and other confessional out-groups. Still in the political, Romanist perspective, one could locate the end of Roman history and the beginning of medieval history between the first and second sack of Rome, 410-455, after which the Eastern Roman remainder emerged as the Byzantine...
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- Fall '08
- Middle Ages, Romanist perspective, Eastern Roman remainder, 2nd6th century floods, Mediterranean trade patterns, interregional commercial interaction