Petrarch's Conception of the 'Dark Ages'

@article{Mommsen1942PetrarchsCO,
  title={Petrarch's Conception of the 'Dark Ages'},
  author={Theodor Ernst Mommsen},
  journal={Speculum},
  year={1942},
  volume={17},
  pages={226 - 242}
}
IN The American Cyclopaedia of 1883 we read: 'The Dark Ages is a term applied in its widest sense to that period of intellectual depression in the history of Europe from the establishment of the barbarian supremacy in the fifth century to the revival of learning about the beginning of the fifteenth, thus nearly corresponding in extent with the Middle Ages'.' This statement from a popular work is merely a reflection of opinions held at that time by quite a few students of the Middle Ages, a fact… Expand
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