What if the Renaissance begun right after the fall of the Roman Empire?

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What if the Renaissance begun right after the fall of the Roman Empire?

Post by Arden_Foxx on Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:02 pm

The year is 541

It has been 65 years since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, but Eastern Rome (The Byzantine Empire) has been catapulted into a golden age under the rule of Justinian and his wife Theodora. The newly built Hagia Sophia cathedral stands as a testament to the power the Christian church still possesses. The Vandals have been driven out of North Africa, and the Ostrogoths are being pushed out of the Roman homeland of Italy. It appears as if Rome is to be reborn within the century, and Western Europe is to be pulled out of its short lived "Dark Age."

But disaster strikes

A plague breaks out across the Mediterranean, killing millions and putting an end to Byzantium's golden era, and slowing their military, technological, and cultural progress. This plague, known today as Justinian's Plague was an early strain of the Black Death, a pestilence that would haunt the European continent for centuries.

But what if the Bubonic Plague never existed? Or Justinian's Plague simply never broke out?

Perhaps The Byzantine Empire could've been launched further into prosperity and would've entered a psuedo-Renaissance era nearly a full millennia earlier than our timeline did. Of course, this Renaissance would start in Constantinople, not Florence, and the rebirth of Ancient Greek ideals would be heavily encouraged by Byzantine ties to Greece.

How do you think this would turn out?

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