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The Origins Of The Renaissance World

Mary Ward Centre
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140 GBP excl. VAT
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The Origins Of The Renaissance World

The course will explore the development, of human societies in Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1453 to 1517, including the expansion of the Ottoman Empire; the emergence of, and challenges to, Humanism in Italy, and in Northern Europe; and the opening up of new sea-routes around and across the Atlantic Ocean. Drawing on archaeological evidence, literary texts, architecture and the visual arts, the course will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures and identities.

Suitability - Who should attend?

No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential. If you wish to read before the course the following book is recommended: S. Greenblatt, The Swerve, How the Renaissance Began.

Training Course Content

We will begin by looking at the balance between Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures in Europe and the Mediterranean World in 1453 AD. We will go on to consider the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, including the capture of Constantinople; the origins and impact of printing; the translation and dissemination of ancient Greek texts in Italy, and in Northern Europe; and the opening up of new Maritime trade routes around the African coast, and across the Atlantic Ocean. We will explore aspects of Humanist philosophy; the renewal of interest in Classical (Greek and Roman) Civilisation; and the influence of increasing contacts between European and non-European cultures.

Continuing Studies

You might consider enrolling on other history/history of art/literature/philosophy courses run by the Centre.

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Mary Ward Centre

The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From...


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WC1N 3AQ London

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