The fourth to seventh centuries saw decisive changes in Europe and the Mediterranean lands. In the beginning the Roman Empire was dominant, but by AD 700 the Roman world of Byzantium had to share the stage with both powerful new barbarian kingdoms and the emerging Islamic empire. On the other hand, some fundamental structural elements of everyday life changed very little over the centuries. The unit uses written and archaeological evidence to examine this fascinating coexistence of rapid change and ongoing continuities, with a particular focus on the ways in which barbarian warrior culture, Christianity, and the legacy of Rome all combined to create the origins of the period we now know as "The Middle Ages".
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