The Humanities: Culture, Continuity and Change, Volume 1 (with MyArtsLab with Pearson eText Student Access Code Card) / Edition 2

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For an undergraduate introductory level course in the humanities.

Humanities narrated in a story-telling approach.

The Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change Vol 1, covering the humanities from prehistory to 1600, helps students see context and make connections across the humanities by tying together the entire cultural experience through a narrative storytelling approach. Written around Henry Sayre’s belief that students learn best by remembering stories rather than memorizing facts, it captures the voices that have shaped and influenced human thinking and creativity throughout our history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205006441
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/7/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry M. Sayre is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Washington. He is producer and creator of the 10-part television series, A World of Art: Works in Progress, aired on PBS in the fall of 1997; and author of seven books, including A World of Art, The Visual Text of William Carlos Williams, The Object of Performance: The American Avante-Garde since 1970; and an art history book for children, Cave Paintings to Picasso.

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Table of Contents

Book I: The Ancient World and the Classical Past: Prehistory to 200 CE

1 The Rise of Culture: From Forest to Farm The Beginnings of Culture [as in 1e]
The Rise of Agriculture Neolithic Megaliths [as in 1e]
Neolithic Cultures of the Americas [with expanded section on emergence tales, including discussion of the Japanese Kojiki]

Focus: Stonehenge C & C: Representing the Power of the Animal World

2 Mesopotamia: Power and Social Order in the Early Middle East Mesopotamia [Sumeria, Akkad, Babylon, Assyria, and Mesopotamian Literature]
The Hebrews and Neo-Babylonia

Focus: The Invention of Writing: Cuneiform Writing in Sumeria and Calligraphy in China C & C: The Stability of Egyptian Culture

3 The Stability of Ancient Egypt: Flood and Sun

The Nile and Its Culture [Old, Middle and New Kingdoms]

Focus: Reading The Palette of Narmer C & C: Egyptian and Greek Sculpture

4 The Aegean World and the Rise of Greece: Trade, War, and Victory

The Cyclades Minoan Culture in the Peloponnese Aegean Languages and the Phoenician Alphabet The Homeric Epics Hesiod and Rural Greek Culture The Polis The Athens of Peisistratus Persepolis and the Persian Wars

Focus: The Classical Orders C & C: Egyptian and Greek Sculpture

5 Golden Age Athens and the Hellenic World: The School of Hellas

The Politics of Athens Rebuilding the Acropolis Philosophy and the Polis The Theater of the People The Hellenistic World Alexander and the Early Maurya India

Focus: The Parthenon C & C: Golden Age Athens as an Ideal in Western Thought

6 Rome: Urban Life and Imperial Majesty Origins of Roman Culture Republican Rome Imperial Rome

Focus : The Roman Forum C & C: The Roman Legacy

7 Other Empires: Urban Life and Imperial Majesty in China and India

Early Chinese Culture Imperial China Hinduism and the Vedic Tradition in India Buddhism: “The Path of Truth”

Focus: The Tomb of Shihuanghui C & C: The Silk Road

Book 2: The Medieval World and the Shaping of Culture: 200 CE to 1400

8 The Flowering of Christianity: Faith and the Power of Belief in the Early First Millennium

Developments in Judaic Culture The Rise of Christianity The Byzantine Empire and the Church

Focus: The Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus C & C: Iconoclasm and the Threat of Islam

9 The Rise and Spread of Islam: A New Religion

The Prophet Muhammad The Spread of Islam Islam in Africa and Spain The Arts of the Islamic World

Focus: The Bismillah and the Art of Calligraphy C & C: The Islamic Heritage

10 Fiefdom and Monastery, Pilgrimage and Crusade: The Early Medieval World in Europe

The Merging of Germanic and Roman Styles in Anglo-Saxon Culture The Growing Refinement of Carolingian Culture Pilgrimage Churches and the Romanesque The Crusades and the Culture of Romance

Focus: The Bayeux Tapestry C & C: Pilgrimage and Culture: The Monastery at Cluny and the Ise Shrine

11 Centers of Culture: Court and City in the Larger World

Courtly Refinement in the Heian Period in Japan The Tang Dynasty in Chang’an [expanded from 5e]
The Song Dynasty and Hangzhou, “The City of Heaven”
Southeast Asia: Trade and the Confluence of Cultures [based on current exhibition of Vietnamese art at the Houston Museum of Fine Art]
The Cultures of Mesoamerica in the Classic Era [connect with analogy between Chang’an and Teotihuacán as urban centers]
The Cultures of Africa

Focus: Guo Xi’s Early Spring C & C: Toward a New Urban Style: The Gothic in Europe

12 The Gothic Style: Faith and Knowledge in an Age of Inquiry The Gothic Cathedral The Rise of the University The Radiant Style and the Court of Louis IX

Focus: The Stained Glass at Chartres C & C: Representing the Human

13 Siena and Florence in the Fourteenth Century: Toward a New Humanism

Civic and Religious Life in Siena and Florence Painting in Italy: A Growing Naturalism Painting in China: The Two Schools The Spread of Vernacular Literature in Europe The Black Death and Its Aftermath

Contemporary Perspectives: Pat Steir’s Yellow and Blue One-Stroke Waterfall, 1992
Focus: Giotto’s Arena Chapel C & C: The Influence of Zen Buddhism

Book 3: The Renaissance and the Age of Encounter: 1400 to 1600

14 Florence and the Early Renaissance: Humanism in Italy Scientific Perspective and Naturalistic Representation The Medici Family and Humanism Beyond Florence: The Ducal Courts and the Arts Women in Italian Humanist Society Florence after the Medici: The New Republic From Florence to Rome: The High Renaissance The Cosmopolitan City: Venice and the Collision of Cultures

Focus: Brunelleschi’s Dome C & C: Michelangelo in Rome

15 The High Renaissance in Rome and Venice: Papal Patronage

The Arts of the Papal Court The Medici Popes and the Perfect Prince The Scuole, Painting, and the Venetian Style Literature and Music of the Venetian High Renaissance Andrea Palladio and the New Rural Architecture

Focus: Raphael’s School of Athens C & C: The Self-Portrait

16 The Renaissance in the North: Between Wealth and Want

Art, Commerce, and Merchant Patronage The Literature of Ambiguity Tapestry, Dance, and Music in Northern Europe The German Tradition

Focus: Bosch’s Garden of Early Delights C&C: The Modern Devotion and a New Austerity in Art

17 The Reformation: A New Church and the Arts

Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation The Spread of the Reformation The Printing Press: A Force for Ideas and Art From Religious to Secular Art

Contemporary Perspectives: Bill Viola’s Observance, 2002 [based on Dürer’s Four Apostles]
Focus: Dürer’s Adam and Eve C & C: The Catholic Church Strikes Back

18 Encounter and Confrontation: The Impact of Increasing Global Interaction

The Spanish, the Aztec, and the Inca Empires West African Culture and the Portuguese The Mughal Empire in India The Rise of the Ming Dynasty under Zhu Di [expanded from Chap. 23]
The Muromachi, the Momoyama, and the Closing of Japan

Focus: Cover page of the Codex Féjervárt-Mayer C & C: The “Other” and the Imperial Imagination

19 England in the Tudor Age: “This Other Eden”
The Reign of Henry VIII Erasmus and the Humanist Impulse in England Elizabethan England and the Elizabethan Stage The English, French, and Dutch in North America

Focus: Holbein’s The Ambassadors C & C: The New Universe

20 The Early Counter-Reformation and Mannerism: Restraint and Invention

The Counter-Reformation Michelangelo and the Rise of Mannerisim Mannerism and the Question of Decorum Inquisition and Innovation

Focus: Bronzino’s Allegory with Venus and Cupid C & C: The Frenzy of Inspiration

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