Are we living in the Dark Ages? Has history turned its back on Greco-Roman religious “purity”? I hope so. Petrarch was wrong.

Dark Ages (historiography)

343, in the conclusion of his epic Africa

Petrarch wrote:

“My fate is to live among varied and confusing storms. But for you perhaps, if as I hope and wish you will live long after me, there will follow a better age. This sleep of forgetfulness will not last forever. When the darkness has been dispersed, our descendants can come again in the former pure radiance.”

Maybe Petrarch did not like the new migrants populating Europe. But… “The new peoples greatly altered established society, including law, culture, religion, and patterns of property ownership.”

Quotes and Sources from:

Fall of the Western Roman Empire

Photo by author of :Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau. Orpheus in Hades (Orphée), 1897. Oil on canvas, 194 x 156 cm. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille. Photo: © Claude Almodovar/Collection du Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille.

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