The period from 300 to 700 was for a long time—for centuries—interpreted as the time of Rome’s, of Classical Antiquity’s, senescence. Everything declined and fell. Standards eroded. In the 1960s a new interpretation emerged that is today regnant in the academy although perhaps not in the broader culture.
Thomas F.X. Noble
Thomas F.X. Noble, Ph.D., is a professor of medieval history at the University of Notre Dame. He won the 2011 Otto Gründler Book Prize for his book Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. He currently serves as the President of the American Catholic Historical Association.