The transformation of the roman world (300 c. e. -600c. e) The fall of the roman empire:the en of the third century ( late 200s c. e. ) and the beginning of the fourth century. (early 300 s c. e. ) Gibbon and the fall of the roman empire ( gibbon was a british historian roman empire clasped when the barbarians arrived ) Many scholars and historians question if the roman empire did fall. For certain : politically and economically the roman empire did fall. Archological evidence did show that the economy did clasp. Culturally : augustine ( confessions and city of god) city of god was written after the. The culture of writing and reading began to vanish. The critical period : 280 to 378 c. e. Classical roman period not yet the middle ages. The earliest date for the middle ages is 450/600 however there is no true exact date of the middle ages. The land of byzantium on the bosphorus becomes constantinople.