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Chronologically organized, The Western Humanities presents the cultural achievements of western civilization-art, music, history, literature, theater, film and the other arts-within their historical context. By examining the historical and material conditions that influenced the form and content of the arts and literature, the authors provide students a deeper understanding of the meaning of cultural works and a broader basis for appreciating the humanities. Hundreds of illustrations appear throughout the text, "Slices of Life" boxes bring to life the events of the day, and brief sections at the end of each chapter describe the cultural legacy of the era discussed.
Table of Contents
|The Western Humanities, 6/e|
|Introduction: Why Study Cultural History?|
|A Humanities Primer: How to Understand the Arts|
|Prehistory And Near Eastern Civilizations|
|Prehistory and Early Cultures Paleolithic Period Neolithic Period Technology in Early Cultures|
|Stone Age Technology Bronze Age Technology Iron Age Technology|
|The Civilizations of the Tigris and Euphrates|
|River Valley: Mesopotamia|
|The Sumerian, Akkadian, and Babylonian Kingdoms|
|The Cradle of Civilization|
|Writing Encounter: "Phonecians and Their Alphabet"|
|Literature Slice of Life: "A Sumerian Father Lectures His Son"|
|Law Science: Astronomy, Mathematics, and Medicine|
|Art and Architecture The Civilization of the Nile River Valley: Egypt|
|Continuity and Change over Three Thousand Years|
|A Quest for Eternal Cultural Values|
|Writing and Literature Slice of Life: "The Instruction of Amenemope" Science and Medicine Architecture Sculpture|
|Painting, and Minor Arts Heirs to the Mesopotamian and Egyptian Empires|
|The Hittites The Assyrians The Medes The Persians|
|The Legacy of Early Near Eastern Civilizations|
|Key Cultural Terms Suggestions for Further Reading Timeline|
|Aegean Civilizations: The Minoans|
|The Mycenaeans, And The Greeks Of The Archaic Age Prelude: Minoan Civilization, 3000 - 1100 B.C.E|
|Beginnings: Mycenaean Civilization, 1900 - 1100 B.C.E. Technology in Minoan Crete and Mycenae Crete and Mycenae Archaic Greece Interlude: The Dark Ages, 1100 - 800 B.C.E|
|The Archaic Age, 800 - 479 B.C.E.|
|Political, Economic, and Social Structures|
|The Greek Polis: Sparta and Athens|
|Technology in Archaic Greece The Persian Wars Encounter: "Near Estern Art and Greek Pottery"|
|The Emergence of Greek Genius: The Mastery of Form Religion|
|Epic Poetry Lyric Poetry Slice of Life: "The Worlds of Women and Men in Ancient Greece"|
|Sculpture The Legacy of Archaic Greek Civilization Key Cultural Terms Suggestions for Further Reading Timeline|
|Classical Greek Civilization: The Hellenic Age|
|General Characteristics of Hellenic Civilization Domestic and Foreign Affairs: War, Peace, and the Triumph of Macedonia Phases of the Hellenic Age Technology|
|Shipbuilding Warfare The Perfection of the Tradition: The Glory of Hellenic Greece|
|Features of the Greek Theater|
|Encounter: The Representation of Blacks in Greek Art|
|Euripides Theater: Comedy Music|
|History Philosophy, Science and Medicine|
|The Socratic Revolution|
|The Temple: The Perfection of the Form|
|Slice of Life: Xenophon, "Secrets of a Successful Marriage" Sculpture|
|The Legacy of Hellenic Civilization Key Cultural Terms Suggestions for Further Reading Timeline|
|Classical Greek Civilization: The Hellenistic Age|
|The Stages of Hellenistic History|
|The End of the Empire and the Rise of the States|
|The Arrival and Triumph of Rome Urban Life in the Hellenistic Age Pergamum|
|Alexandria in Egypt|
|Slice of Life: Theocritus, "Street Scene in Hellenistic Egypt|
|The Elaboration of the Greek Tradition: The Spread of Classicism to the Hellenistic World|
|Drama and Literature|
|Philosophy and Religion|
|Fate and the Mystery Cults Science and Medicine Encounter: "The Invention of Parchment and the Birth of the Secular Library"|
|The Corinthian Temple|
|Rhodes: Late Hellenistic Style|
|The Legacy of the Hellenistic World Key Cultural Terms Suggestions for Further Reading Timeline|
|Roman Civilization: The Pre-Christian Centuries|
|The Colossus of the Mediterranean World|
|General Characteristics of Roman Civilization Technology Warfare Construction|
|The Etruscan and Greek Connections|
|Rome in the Age of Kings, 753-509 B.C.|
|The Roman Republ|
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