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The dates of early middle ages period?

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September 21, 2010 2:00PM

The most commonly used dates for the Early Middle ages are 476 to 1000. I have also seen 476 to 1066 and 500 to 1066.

I have seen a number of dates for the beginning of the Middle Ages and, hence, the Early Middle Ages. These include the following: 395, when the Roman Empire was divided

400, a convenient century date

410, when Rome was sacked by Visigoths

476, when Romulus Augustulus was deposed

496, when Emperor Anastasius I reformed the coinage

500, another convenient century date

518, when Justin I became emperor

The dates for the end of the Early Middle Ages I have seen are these:

1000, a date of convenience

1066, the date of the Norman Invasion

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