by Robbie Mitchell

April 11, 2023

from Ancient-Origins Website

Italian version





Apocalypse landscape.

Source: ErenMotion / Adobe Stock.



In the year 536 AD, a mysterious event plunged the world into darkness for a year and a half.


Constantinople writers of the time described the sun as dimmed and blotted out, causing crop failures, famine, and social upheaval across the globe.

Recent research suggests that a massive volcanic eruption, or series of simultaneous eruptions may have caused the catastrophic event, which created a volcanic winter and drastically changed the Earth's climate.


The event is suggested to have been everything from the collapse of empires to the 'Plague of Justinian.'


However, the source of the eruption remains unknown, leaving scientists to unravel the mystery of one of the most significant environmental events in human history.