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The Dark Ages: An Age Of Light - Part One (Ancient History Documentary) | Timeline

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The Unexpected Enlightenment Of The Dark Ages | Age of Light | Timeline

The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism – a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees.

In this landmark 4-part series Waldemar argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world’s most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an ‘Age of Light'.

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The Dark Ages: An Age Of Light - Part Three (Ancient History Documentary) | Timeline

The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism – a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees.

In this landmark 4-part series Waldemar argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world’s most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an ‘Age of Light'.

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The Dark Ages: An Age Of Light - Part Four (Ancient History Documentary) | Timeline

The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism – a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees.

In this landmark 4-part series Waldemar argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world’s most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an ‘Age of Light'.

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The Dark Ages: An Age Of Light - Part Two (Ancient History Documentary)

The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism – a terrible time when civilisation stopped. Waldemar Januszczak disagrees.

In this landmark 4-part series Waldemar argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world’s most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an ‘Age of Light'.

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When A Supervolcano Erupted In The Middle Ages | Catastrophe | Timeline

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Researching a climatic catastrophe that rocked the Earth in A.D. 535, causing two years of darkness, famine, drought and disease.

Written records from China, Italy, Palestine and many other countries suggest a huge catastrophe blighted the world in 535AD. But the cause of it has been uncertain.

Was it a comet? An asteroid? A volcano? Archaeologist David Keys reveals the latter is to blame for the Dark Ages of famine and plague that shaped the world order of today.

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The Dark Ages Explained - Part 1

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The Dark Ages was an interesting period of about six centuries that is largely lost to recorded history. Following the fall of Rome in 476 CE, the entire dynamic of Europe underwent a complete shift in power and culture.

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Finding God in Art (Art History Documentary) | Perspective

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Januszczak shows how Christianity emerged into the Roman Empire as an artistic force in the third and fourth centuries. Early Christians had no art but practised in secret and Januszczak purports the Rotas Square found throughout the Roman Empire such as at Pompeii were early Christian symbols along with the fish and anchor.

With no description of Jesus in the Bible, the Christians represented their God as a young slightly feminine man until the emergence of Saint Mary and with the adoption of Christianity by the emperor Constantine how Christian artists drew on images of ancient gods for inspiration for a more masculine Jesus and the development of new forms of architecture to contain their art.

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The Worst Jobs in History: Dark Ages (Dark Ages Documentary) | Timeline

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Tony Robinson presents a series examining some of history's least pleasant employment opportunities. He begins in the first millennium, trying his hand at everyday tasks including back-breaking mining by ancient Roman methods, and Saxon ploughing using wooden implements and oxen. He also enters the world of the Viking egg collector, which involved scaling cliff faces in search of guillemot eggs.

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Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205)

In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan explores the earliest history of Greek civilization. He demonstrates how small agricultural enclaves eventually turned into great cities of power and wealth in the Bronze Age, taking as his examples first Minoan Crete and then Mycenaean Greece. He also argues that these civilizations were closely related to the great monarchies of the ancient Near East. He points out that the Mycenaean age eventually came to an abrupt end probably through a process of warfare and migration. Reconstructing the Mycenaean age is possible through archaeological evidence and through epic poetry (Homer). Finally, he provides an account of the collapse of the Mycenaean world, and explains how in its aftermath, the Greeks were poised to start their civilization over on a new slate.

00:00 - Chapter 1. The Minoan Civilization
08:58 - Chapter 2. Mycenaean Language and Writing
16:07 - Chapter 3. The Citadel, Farmland, Burials and the Oil Trade
26:29 - Chapter 4. Cultural Unity, Agriculture, Religious Authority
33:41 - Chapter 5. Society and Economy
39:05 - Chapter 6. Theories about the Fall of the Mycenaean World
56:52 - Chapter 7. Results of the Fall

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The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really?: Crash Course World History #14

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John Green teaches you about the so-called Dark Ages, which it turns out weren't as uniformly dark as you may have been led to believe. While Europe was indeed having some issues, many other parts of the world were thriving and relatively enlightened. John covers European Feudalism, the cultural blossoming of the Islamic world, and the scientific and artistic advances in China, all during these Dark Ages. Along the way, John will raise questions about the validity of Europe's status as a continent, reveal the best and worst years of his life, and frankly state that science and religion were once able to coexist.


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King Arthur's Britain - Part 1 of 3 (Roman Britain Documentary) | Timeline

Francis Pryor examines the history of Britain near the end of the Roman occupation. The first instalment focuses on Britain under Roman rule, revealing a much greater degree of collaboration with the natives than was previously recognised.

Sheep-farming archaeologist, Francis Pryor, presents a historical series which explores Britain A.D, the British national character and the ultimate British icon King Arthur.

Finding new and previously unexplained evidence, Francis Pryor overturns the idea that Britain reverted to a state of anarchy and disorder after the Romans left in 410 AD. Instead of doom and gloom Francis discovers a continuous culture that assimilated influences from as far a field as the Middle East and Constantinople. Through scrutinising the myth of King Arthur to find out what was really going on when the Romans left, Francis is confronted by evidence that confounds traditional views of the 'Dark Ages'. There was also no invasion of bloodthirsty Anglo Saxons, rampaging across the countryside. With new archaeological evidence Francis discovers a far more interesting story.

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King Arthur's Britain - Part 2 of 3 (Roman Britain Documentary) | Timeline

Francis Pryor examines the relics of the Dark Ages to build a fuller picture of this much-maligned era. Popular belief has always held that the departure of the Romans led to barbarism in Britain, but archaeological finds have shed light on a cultured, literate society that embraced the growing Romanised Christian religion and embarked on a profitable trading relationship with the Byzantine Empire.

Sheep-farming archaeologist, Francis Pryor, presents a brand new historical series which explores Britain A.D, the British national character and the ultimate British icon King Arthur.

Finding new and previously unexplained evidence, Francis Pryor overturns the idea that Britain reverted to a state of anarchy and disorder after the Romans left in 410 AD. Instead of doom and gloom Francis discovers a continuous culture that assimilated influences from as far a field as the Middle East and Constantinople. Through scrutinising the myth of King Arthur to find out what was really going on when the Romans left, Francis is confronted by evidence that confounds traditional views of the 'Dark Ages'. There was also no invasion of bloodthirsty Anglo Saxons, rampaging across the countryside. With new archaeological evidence Francis discovers a far more interesting story.

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History of the Christianity's first 1000 years

An interesting documentary about the first 1000 years of one of the most important religions in the World: Christianity.

My Lyre Music on BBC Four: The Dark Ages An Age of Light

My lyre music, as featured in this clip of episode 2, What the Barbarians Did For Us, from Waldemar Januszczak's 4-part BBC Four documentary series, The Dark Ages An Age of Light.

The piece I was playing was Lament of Simonides - track 4 from my album, A Well Tuned Lyre: The Just Intonation of Antiquity:



This album features both original compositions and some of my arrangements for solo lyre of some of the original surviving music of ancient Greece, in the wonderfully pure just intonation of antiquity (Ptolemy's Intense Diatonic Scale).

Although I was filmed playing live for this episode,, regrettably an 'audio only' clip was used in the final cut of this documentary. However, the producer very kindly let me have one of the HD outtakes of my video shoot:



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Michael Wood - In Search of the Dark Ages...Erik Bloodaxe (BBC, 1980)

Michael Wood's brilliant and sometimes moving 1979-81 BBC TV series now for sale on dvd (about bloody time!), laced with wonderful graphics and stirring theme music.

This episode (6/8) is about the fierce Norse prince, Erik, ousted due to killing several of his rival brothers (or, fighting near the Black sea, hence his bloody epithet) and seeking to rule York, England, from his arrival on these shores in 947. The kings of Wessex, however, thought differently about having an independent Northumbria.

Some theories are that the mighty King Athelstan (died 939) might have installed or allowed an earlier-arriving Erik to rule in the North (before his actual official historical rule 947-54) to act as foil to the threatening Scots and other Norsemen ever since their disastrous defeat by the king in 937?
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1000 AD - A Tour of Europe / Medieval History Documentary

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France 14:51
Normandy 18:42
Britain 19:22
Scandinavia 19:55
The Baltic Sea 26:55
Poland 27:50
Bohemia 28:49
Hungary 30:53
Eastern Roman Empire 34:50
Bulgaria 37:34
Kievan Rus’ 41:18
Volga Bulgars 43:12
Serbia 51:45
Croatia 54:30
Venice 55:20
Armenia 56:25
Georgia 57:14
Fatimid Egypt 59:52
Al-Andalus 1:02:51

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The Fortress In The Lake | Time Team (Dark Ages Documentary) | Timeline

The Time Team travel to the site of a Dark Age man-made island - known as a crannog - in Llangorse lake, near Brecon in Wales.

The archaeologists have just three days to unravel some of the questions raised by a member of the public about the lake where, over 1,000 years ago, a Welsh king built an island base. The site poses a number of questions: what happened to the people who lived there? What was their connection with Ireland and the ancient script known as ogham, previously found on nearby stones?

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Dark Ages & Medieval Times - Myths vs Reality

Dark Ages & Medieval Times Myths vs Reality. Medieval Era, life in the 5th to 15th century was even stranger that you thought!!! from shocking superstitions to the preventable plague, here are the most bizarre customs, traditions and mythical creatures during the medieval period you would not believe. If you like the video subscribe and let us know in the comment below, if you could go anywhere in time, where would you go and what would you do?

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#11 Sword Fighting & Driving Skills
When you travel notice that the many countries that still drive on the left side where once English territories and colonies.

#10 No PDA Please!!

#9 Bring Your Own Knife To The Party

#8 Origins of The Military Salute
The reason the right hand is raised and placed over the right eyebrow comes for the way armored knights would salute one another.

#7 The Medieval Japan
Medieval times did not only happen in Europe. Japan also had its dark ages, although the conditions where different for the Japanese.

#6 “Medieval” Religion With 21st Century Equality
The Dark ages are best known for the loss of education of the masses and the raise of power of the very few. The Cathars in medieval Europe were so forward thinking that they were forcefully eradicated as heretics. The Cathar was a fragment of Christianity.

#5 Mythical Creatures in Daily Life
Medieval art was bizarre, they have unique paintings and tapestries that included mythical animals such as unicorns. It was later discovered that the gorgeous unicorn horns were actually from Narwhals sold by the Vikings as real unicorn horns.

#4 Shocking Superstition & Horrible Jobs
So, in order to protect the village, a bell ringer was sent to the top of the bell towers to ring the consecrated bells in an effort to scare the demons away.

#3 The “Entroido” Of Spain
No everything during the middle ages was dark, they had castle parties and court jesters were hired and knights participated in tournaments displaying strength for a price. The common folk had festivals. A popular festival during the middle ages in Spain is the “Entroido”

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#1 A “Moment” In Time
You are called to the table for dinner but are not ready to head there yet. So, you would request a “moment.” According to medieval Europe a “moment” is a measure of time that equals 90 seconds. So next time you request a moment, you have a 1.5 minute to get there. But how they measured the rest of the day was unique too. The day was divided into 7 hours. Despite the length of time of a day during the summer compared to the winter, an hour during the summer was 150 minutes while in the winter, each hour was about 60 minutes.

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Britain AD ~ The Not So Dark Age ~ Francis Pryor

A series of three one hour programmes, presented by leading archaeologist and sheep-farmer Francis Pryor, re-examine Britain A.D, the Arthurian myth, the British national character and the mysterious period of British history known as 'The Dark Ages'. Finding new and previously unexplained evidence Francis Pryor overturns the idea that Britain was crushed under Roman rule, then reverted to a state of anarchy and disorder after the Romans left in 410 AD. Instead of doom and gloom Francis discovers a continuous culture that assimilated influences from as far a field as the Middle East and Constantinople. Francis is confronted by evidence that confounds traditional views of Britain as a powerless bunch or warring barbarian tribes. Nor was there the invasion of bloodthirsty Anglo Saxons, rampaging across the countryside, which our school books have always depicted. With new archaeological evidence Francis discovers a far more interesting and complex story, one that puts the continuing energy of the Ancient Britons at the core. According to conventional wisdom, native British culture was suppressed by 400 years of Roman rule, and the withdrawal of the mighty imperial army in 410AD threw the country into a state of primitive barbarism, which only came to an end with the invasion of the more advanced Anglo Saxons. With detailed archaeology, cutting-edge academic research and his own brand of iconoclasm, writer and broadcaster, and presenter of Britain AD, Francis Pryor argues that we've got this version of British history wrong. Francis shows how archaeologists are beginning to reveal that the early history of Britain was in fact a vibrant period in which the population thrived from a series of foreign influences from as far afield as the Middle East and Constantinople without losing its own cultural identity. In the last episode of the series Francis focuses his attention on the Anglo-Saxon invasion. He argues that the huge political changes that took place in Britain at the time were caused by a shifting of allegiances within the country rather than a violent invasion from elsewhere.

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