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CMLT-C325 The Renaissance

Professor: Sarah Van der Laan
Credits: 3

Between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, writers, artists, philosophers, and rulers claimed to rediscover and revive the glories of classical Greece and Rome after a thousand years of darkness and decline. We will trace this cultural movement from its origins in fourteenth-century Italy, through France and northern Europe, to its final flowering in seventeenth-century England. As we progress, we will chart the development of new ideas about humanity’s place in the universe. Statesmen and philosophers defend the value of the active life, celebrate the material world, and invent new uses for history and a new science of politics. Poets and essayists create new ways of exploring the self and the drama of individual human experience. Artists celebrate the human body in new and newly realistic paintings and sculpture. Scholars and theologians apply these developments to religion to spark the Protestant Reformation. Explorers press outward into new seas, and their encounters with unfamiliar peoples and customs inspire a re-examination of European cultural norms. And philosophers turn experimenters to launch modern science.

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