Unit Five: The Renaissance
  Archaic Greece
  Classical Greece
  Roman Republic
  Roman Empire
The Renaissance
  Important dates

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Unit Five is a brief but revealing look at the Renaissance, that era of European history in which the ideals of antiquity were reborn. Our two focal points will be the art of this period and the writings of the explorers, through which we shall bridge the gap between the classical world and our own.

Our semester concludes with a discussion of our debt to ancient Greece and Rome. Has the debt been repaid, or are we still obliged to these peoples of long ago?

April 26
The art of the Renaissance (Jolly)
  • Rediscovering the classical world
April 28
  The age of exploration (Baum)
  • Criticizing the classical world
  • Ancient sources: fact or fiction?
May 1
  Cracks in the marble? Some conclusions (Curley)
  • What is a "classic"?
May 11
  Final examination
  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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