41 – Entering the Dark Ages: a Season Two Promo

Next week we will start our second season. So here’s a promo of what to expect! I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am. :)

  4 comments for “41 – Entering the Dark Ages: a Season Two Promo

  1. Anne Jones
    February 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Please, please, please, stop using the term ‘Dark Ages’. It is inaccurate and outdated, a term modern scholars no longer use. It leaves me wondering about your attitude to this period, and how biased your account is.

    • February 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      It’s a commonly used term in pop culture, Anne. And before you accuse me of inaccuracy, please listen to my show. I think that, even with major documentaries, you’d be hard pressed to find the level of detail and nuance that I offer for this period.

    • July 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      I actually really like the term Dark Ages. It’s still a term used for a period of Greece’s ancient history, if not so much of post-Roman Western Europe’s. It’s true that it’s an unusual term compared to most other current ones – most are based on sections of time: ancient, middle, modern. But there are good reasons for its use. I think sometimes archeologists want to say “There is just as much evidence during this period as those before or after it”. But the same isn’t true of historical documents, and that’s where the term originated. It’s also arguable that darker deeds were done in this time than the periods before and after – that there was a loss of ‘civilisation’, which was then only slowly recovered. There is a slant to this, but then there is a slant to the opposition to it, much of which seems to be politically correct and based on a false even-handedness towards different historical periods.

Leave a Reply