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Archeology of the Future in the Renaissance Cities
FIST 243
Fall 2006 not offered
Crosslisting: ITAL 235

Renaissance Italian humanists were hunting for ruins of buildings as much as for fragments of texts. They invented archeology and philology, two new disciplines to integrate the system of liberal arts. They were architects of an encyclopedia of learning that looked at the past as the source of a globally humanized future. In this course we will focus on works by Petrarch, who reshaped Latin prose and created Italian poetry; pope Pius II, a.k.a. the humanist Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini whose autobiography revolutionized the classical and Christian idea of the self; Lorenzo Valla, who demonstrated on a strictly linguistic basis that the Donation of Constantine was a forgery; Leon Battista Alberti, the prototype of the Renaissance Man, whose reflections on monuments and letters, perspective and craft opened the way to Leonardo and Michelangelo; and finally by Machiavelli, who rethought the radical meaning of political plots.

We will also be looking at different Italian cities (Siena, Rome, Florence, Naples and Milan) and their architectural development.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on JUN-17-2024
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