Middle Ages, Dark Ages(noun)
the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
The period of time in Europe between the decline of the Roman Empire and the revival of letters (the Renaissance) or, according to Henry Hallam, the period beginning with the sixth and ending with the fifteenth century.
In European history, the Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and was followed by the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the traditional division of Western history into Antiquity, Medieval, and Modern periods. The period is subdivided into the Early, the High, and the Late Middle Ages. Depopulation, deurbanization, and barbarian invasions, which had begun in Late Antiquity, continued in the Early Middle Ages. The barbarian invaders formed new kingdoms in what remained of the Western Roman Empire. In the 7th century, North Africa and the Middle East, once part of the Eastern Roman Empire, became an Islamic Empire after conquest by Muhammad's successors. Although there were substantial changes in society and political structures, the break with Antiquity was not complete. The still sizeable Byzantine Empire survived and remained a major power. The empire's law code, the Code of Justinian, was widely admired later in the Middle Ages. In the West, most kingdoms incorporated extant Roman institutions, while monasteries were founded as Christianity expanded in Western Europe. The Franks, under the Carolingian dynasty, established an empire covering much of Western Europe; the Carolingian Empire endured until the 9th century, when it succumbed to the pressures of internal civil wars combined with external invasions—Vikings from the north, Magyars from the east, and Saracens from the south.
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is a term used in connection with European history to denote the period beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire in 476, and closing with the invention of printing, the discovery of America, and the revival of learning in the 15th century.
The numerical value of Middle Ages in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Middle Ages in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of Middle Ages in a Sentence
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - gunpowder and romantic love.
I attribute the quarrelsome nature of the Middle Ages young men entirely to the want of the soothing weed.
William the Great needs to learn that he is living at the end of the nineteenth century and not in the Middle Ages.
The Middle Ages are often seen as the 'Dark Ages' -- we use the term 'medieval' these days ... as pejorative -- and I just wanted to do something that explains to me how people in the Middle Ages looked at science.
The philosophers of the Middle Ages demonstrated both that the Earth did not exist and also that it was flat. Today they are still arguing about whether the world exists, but they no longer dispute about whether it is flat.
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- العصور الوسطىArabic
- edad mediaSpanish
- قرون وسطیPersian
- moyen ÂgeFrench
- मध्य युगHindi
- Abad PertengahanIndonesian
- ימי הבינייםHebrew
- ಮಧ್ಯ ವಯಸ್ಸುKannada
- mediam aetatem,Latin
- meia idadePortuguese
- evul mediuRomanian
- средний возрастRussian
- நடுத்தர வயதுTamil
- మధ్య వయస్సుTelugu
- orta yaşlarTurkish
- نصف صدیUrdu
- tuổi trung niênVietnamese
- מיטל עלטערYiddish
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