História (São Paulo)
versão On-line ISSN 1980-4369
BARROS, José D'Assunção. Passages from Roman Antiquity to the Middle Ages: historiographic lectures of a transition period. História [online]. 2009, vol.28, n.1, pp. 547-573. ISSN 1980-4369. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-90742009000100019.
This article aims to examine some interpretations and perspectives which can be or have been examined with regards to the question of the transition period from Greco-Roman Antiquity to the civilizations of the Middle Ages within Western Europe. It also tries to show the historiographic oscillations produced in these perspectives in consequence of the theoretical and methodological changes in the historiographic fields arising from the new tendencies of the 20th century. The discussion at hand covers not only the theses which have guided the understanding of the end of the Western Roman Empire, but also deals with the fluctuations among the limits in the transition period that leads from antiquity to the medieval world.
Palavras-chave : Antiquity; Middle Ages; Transition period.