The Humanistic Tradition I
From the Ancient World to The Reformation
I. Orientation to the Course and the Five Perennial Questions.
II. Mankind Invents Civilization.
A. Prehistory and the Invention of Civilization.III. Classical Civilizations in the Mediterranean, ca 500 BC-AD 500.
B. The First Civilizations: Egypt.
(Fiero, Chapter 1)
C. The First Civilizations: Mesopotamia and the Hebrews.
(Fiero, Chapter 2)
A. The Development of the Hellenic Style: Periclean Athens in the Classical Age (Fifth Century BC.)
1. Classical Athens: Literature and Philosophy.C. The Roman Classical Style: Imperial Rome of the Second Century AD.
(Fiero, Chapter 4)Homer, The Iliad.2. The Classical Style in Athens.
Thucydides, “Pericles’ Funeral Oration”, from The Peloponnesian War.
Classical Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle.
(Fiero, Chapter 5)The Classical Style in Sculpture.
The Classical Style: The Architecture and Sculpture of the Parthenon.
The Transformation of the Classical Style: The Hellenistic Age, 323-30 BC.
IV. The Medieval Style, ca. AD 500-1400/1500.1. Rome: Civilization and Architecture.
(Fiero, Chapter 6)Virgil, The Aeneid.
The Roman Style in Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting.
A. Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Styles.V. The Renaissance Style, ca. 1300-1550.1. The Rise of Christianity Within the Roman World.B. Aspects of the Medieval Style.
(Fiero, Chapter 8)The Message of Jesus and the Theology of Paul.2. The Formation of the Christian Style.
(Fiero, Chapter 9)The Growth of the Christian Church and Christian Thought.
Sixth-century Ravenna: Symbolism in Architecture and Art.1. Medieval Life and Feudalism.
(Fiero, Chapter 11)The Germanic Tribes, Charlemagne, and Early Medieval Art.2. The Medieval Style and Christianity.
The Feudalistic Style: The Bayeux Tapestry and The Song of Roland.
The Medieval Romance.
(Fiero, Chapter 12)Christian Literature: Mysticism, Sermons, and the Morality Play (Everyman).3. The Medieval Style in the Arts.
Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy.
The Medieval Church, the Universities, and Scholasticism.
(Fiero, Chapter 13)Monasticism and the Abbey Complex: Fontenay Abbey, France.
Romanesque Architecture and Scupture: The Pilgrimage Church of Ste Foy,
The Gothic Style: The Abbey Church of Saint Denis, France, Notre-Dame de
Chartres, Chartres, France and Notre-Dame de Amiens, Amiens, France.
Medieval Painting and Music.
A. The Formation of the Renaissance.VI. Conclusion.1. The Late Middle Ages (the [terrible] fourteenth century).
(Fiero, Chapter 15)Disease (the Black Death), Warfare, and the Decline of the Church.
Transformations in Art and Music: The Frescoes of Giotto (The Arena
Chapel, Padua, Italy).2. The Renaissance Style in Florence, ca. 1400-1500.
(Fiero, Chapter 16)The Writings of Francesco Petrarch.3. The Renaissance Style: Architecture and Sculpture in Florence.
Renaissance Humanism: Pico della Mirandola, Baldassare Castiglione, and
(Fierro, Chapter 17)Renaissance Architecture and the Work of Filippo Brunelleschi.4. The Renaissance and the Reformation in Northern Europe, the sixteenth century.
The Renaissance Portrait.
The Renaissance Artist-Scientist: Leonardo da Vinci.
The Art and Architecture of the High Renaissance: Michelangelo Buonarroti.
(Fiero, Chapter 19)Christian Humanism.
Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.
Northern Renaissance Art: Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünewald, Hieronymus
Bosch, and Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
Northern Renaissance Literature: Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas More, and
Test I: 17 September 2007
Test II: 26 October 2007
Final Examination: 03 December 2006 @ 11:00am
Internet Analysis: 07 September 2007
Preliminary Topic Statement/Annotated Bibliography: 01 October 2007
Revised Topic Statement and Annotated Bibliography: 22 October 2007
Paper Portfolio: 19 November 2007
Class Report/Analysis of a Work of Art: TBA depending on
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