The Coming of the DARK AGES
Skeptic's Version

The Dark Ages did not begin with the murder of Hypatia in Alexandria. Most histories mark the beginning of the Dark Ages with the Fall of Rome, when the barbarians invaded. The "barbarians" who invaded Rome were its own mercenaries, no strangers to the imperial court. Hired to fight Rome's later wars, these mobile outsiders demanded settlement within the empire and other privileges which Rome, dogged by corruption, was in no position to refuse. By 410 A.D., in any military sense, the empire was no longer a sovereign state and the sack of its ancient capital by (the barbarian) Alaric -- a high imperial official and even a born Roman, so far as the word has any meaning -- had no quality of invasion about it at all. He and his men were the Roman army, and had been for decades.

 







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