Essay on The Decline Of The Roman Empire

869 Words Nov 27th, 2016 4 Pages
After Rome finally fell in 476 AD, people across Europe, Asia and Africa were shocked and extremely worried because they thought it would never fall. With Rome’s demise, so did the idea of civilization, and knowledge for around a thousand years, or did it? Historians have started to question whether the last few centuries of the Roman Empire were really a decline and instead the rise of new cultures, artworks, and religions that still have remnants to this day.
When the term “Late Antiquity” was first used in 1971 by Peter Brown in his book, he had no idea how much controversy there would be that resulted from it. Brown was different from prior scholars in the way he actually concentrated on the eastern portion of the Mediterranean and the Middle East instead of focusing on Western Europe and the Western Barbarian World (Concept of Late Antiquity, 5, James Edwards).
The Late Antiquity (L.A.) challenges the notion that the post-Roman Empire period was one of decline and stagnant as most historians believe, and instead was a period of innovation and a continuity of civilization. Up to this period, historians has believed what happened in the western portion of the empire had also occurred to the east, but this is not the case. Very little has been written on the western portion of post-Roman Empire and more on the east.
The driving forces of the L.A. project are dramatic increase and change in spirituality, the insistence of continuity and rejection of the concept of decline…

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