The Early Middle Ages And Early Medieval Period

1435 Words Dec 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Taking a humanities course, specifically one with a focus on medieval to modern times can help you learn about what historians call the late antiquity, early middle ages, and the early modern period. These periods were all crucial in the formation of modern government, philosophy, culture as well as many other aspects and qualities of society today. The late antiquity, the early middle ages and the early modern period were all named by historians to mark significant changes in politics, culture and spirituality. The late antiquity period is said to have started after the end of the classical age and was characterized with significant changes in politics, culture and spirituality. Emperor Diocletian, in an attempt to overcome the faults and failures of the classical age, divided the empire into two empires: the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) and the Western Roman Empire. The transition into the late antiquity period was characterized by a sharp decline in population as a result of plagues, pandemics and war. Along with death comes spirituality; during this time there was a steady decline in older religions, traditions and rituals, which resulted in significant changes in spirituality. Multiple religions emerged, the most significant being Christianity, which in contrast to the religions of the classical period, provided comfort and reassurance with the beliefs of life after death. As expected, the decline in population along with new religious beliefs had an…
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