This book offers an integrated exploration of Western civilization's cultural heritage. Readers move chronologically through major periods and styles to gain insight into the achievements and ideas in painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, philosophy, religion, and music. The book provides a historical (political, economic, and social) framework to contextualize these achievements within a specific time and place, from prehistoric culture to 20th-Century America. Volume I covers prehistory to the late Medieval (Chs. 1-12 of the Combined Edition), and includes literary and philosophical excerpts. For anyone interested in the Arts and Culture.
Table of Contents
1. The Dawn of Culture. 2. Ancient Egypt. 3. Aegean Culture and the Rise of Ancient Greece. 4. Classical and Hellenistic Greece. 5. The Roman World. 6. Judaism and the Rise of Christianity. 7. Byzantine & Islamic Civilizations. 8. Indian Civilization. 9. Early Chinese & Japanese Civilizations. 10. The Civilizations of the Americas. 11. The Early Middle Ages and the Romanesque. 12. The Gothic and Late Middle Ages. Glossary. Picture Credits and Further Information. Literature Credits. Index.