The western half of the empire had been losing territory over time to Germanic armies, but fell decisively in 476 AD when it could no longer defend itself. What is the historical period after the fall of the Roman empire generally called?

Answer Middle Ages

The Middle Ages, a time when many various empires and rulers governed Europe, is sometimes called the "dark ages." No one power was dominant throughout Europe and the Mediterranean as previous empires had been, but it was a time of learning and cultural sharing.

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