Are ‘Dark Ages’ Inevitable?

We know less about some periods than others, but the meaning of ‘Dark Age’ is multifarious and often loaded.

Navan Fort
Roundhouse reconstruction at Emain Macha (Navan Fort) near Armagh. Photographed in 2010. Wiki Commons/Notafly.

‘The Bronze Age came to a crashing halt around 1200 BC, thanks to a “systems collapse”’

James I. Porter, Author of Homer: The Very Idea (University of Chicago Press, 2021)

What makes an age ‘dark’? In a polarised world like ours, people are more likely to point to an impending dark age than to say that we are already living through one.

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