• David Herlihy
Part of the Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


While it still presents mysteries to historians, the crisis of ancient civilization must be ranked as one of the most radical breaks in the history of human cultural traditions. The character of the new medieval society, as it emerged from the debacle of the Roman empire, was strikingly different from that of its classical predecessor. The formation of this new society was accompanied by an equally profound revolution in values.


Ancient World Ancient City Christian Theology Roman Empire Classical Heritage 
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