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The Broad Strokes of the Humanities

Handbook for the Humanities provides a foundation of the most pertinent information needed to appreciate all that the Humanities has to offer. The text features advice to students on how to approach writing about this topic with confidence. Whether the handbook is used in conjunction with primary and secondary sources or as the core material in the classroom, it provides the essentials necessary for any student to comprehend the Humanities.

Learning Goals

Upon completion this book, readers should:

  • Have a greater understanding of the essentials of the Humanities
  • Write clearly and intelligently about the Humanities
  • Have a global perspective of different cultures
  • Gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of the arts
  • Recognize distinguished individuals in the field

Note: MyArtsLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. to purchase MyArtsLab, please visit: www.myartslab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MyArtsLab: Valuepack ISBN-10 : 0205949789 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205949786

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- Paul Beaudoin, Fitchburg State College

“The Handbook is a concise, yet complete text that is enhanced with an excellent MyArtsLab component giving students the best of both worlds.”

- Dr. Joana Owens, Jacksonville University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205949786
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 886,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Janetta Rebold Benton is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2012-13, and will lecture in the graduate school of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia. She is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY. Dr. Benton presents subscription lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Smithsonian Institution and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Benton holds degrees from Harvard, Brown, George Washington, and Cornell University.

Robert DiYanni teaches courses in literature, writing, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary humanities at New York University, where has taught for the past decade. He has also taught previously for the City University of New York (Queens College), for Pace University, and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. Among his books are Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities (with Janetta Rebold Benton); Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, 6th edition; Modern American Poets, 2nd edition; 100 Great Essays, 5th edition; Frames of Mind, and The Scribner Handbook for Writers, 5th edition. His The Pearson Guide to Critical and Creative Thinking is forthcoming from Prentice Hall in 2013.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Early Civilizations: Sumer To Egypt

Chapter 2: Ancient Greece

Chapter 3: Ancient Rome

Chapter 4: Judaism, Christianity, And Islam

Chapter 5: Middle Ages

Chapter 6: Early Renaissance

Chapter 7: Later Renaissance

Chapter 8: Seventeenth Century (Baroque Era)

Chapter 9: Eighteenth Century (Enlightenment)

Chapter 10: Early Nineteenth Century

Chapter 11: Later Nineteenth Century

Chapter 12: Early Twentieth Century

Chapter 13: Later Twentieth Century

Chapter 14: Twenty-First Century


Chapter 1: Early Civilizations: Sumer To Egypt



Spotlight: Beer







Spotlight: The First Poet: Enheduanna

Chapter 2: Ancient Greece

Spotlight: Socrates

Spotlight: Sappho

Chapter 3: Ancient Rome


Roman Republic

Roman Empire

Spotlight: Seneca

Chapter 4: Judaism, Christianity, And Islam



Spotlight: Revelation


Chapter 5: Middle Ages

“Dark Ages”




Spotlight: The Magna Carta

Spotlight: Mont Saint-Michel

Spotlight: Leaning Tower of Pisa, 1174

Spotlight: San Marco, Venice, 1063 f.; mosaics, c.1200

Spotlight: Bayeux “Tapestry,” after 1066

Spotlight: Nicholas of Verdun, 1181


Spotlight: Alhambra, Granada, Spain, 14th C

Spotlight: Unicorn Tapestries

Spotlight: Christine de Pizan

Spotlight: Hildegard of Bingen

Italy in the Later Middle Ages

Spotlight: Campanile, Florence

Chapter 6: Early Renaissance



Spotlight: Renaissance Courts

Northern Europe

Chapter 7: Later Renaissance



Spotlight: Bramante, Tempietto, Rome: diminutive dome


Northern Europe

Spotlight: Nostradamus and Renaissance Make-up

Chapter 8: Seventeenth Century (Baroque Era)


Spotlight: Telescope and Microscope: Galileo and van Leeuwenhoek

Italy and Spain



Northern Europe

Spotlight: Poussinistes versus Rubenistes

Chapter 9: Eighteenth Century (Enlightenment)


Spotlight: Enlightenment Thought and Women

Spotlight: Emily du Chatelet



Chapter 10: Early Nineteenth Century


Spotlight: Clara Schuman and Fanny Mendelssohn

Spotlight: Poetry and Song: Erlking

Spotlight: Three Sister Novelists: The Brontes


Chapter 11: Later Nineteenth Century


Spotlight: Florence Nightingale



Spotlight: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Chapter 12: Early Twentieth Century


Spotlight: Madame Curie

Spotlight: Battleship Potemkin

Chapter 13: Later Twentieth Century


Spotlight: Film

Spotlight: Robin Hood in the Movies

Chapter 14: Twenty-First Century


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