The Western Humanities

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-09-01
  • Publisher: Mayfield Pub Co
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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"     
Natural Philosophy     
Medicine Architecture     
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     
Theater: Tragedy         
Features of the Greek Theater     
Encounter: The Representation of Blacks in Greek Art         
Tragic Drama         
Euripides     Theater: Comedy     Music     
History     Philosophy, Science and Medicine         
The Pre-Socratics         
The Sophists         
The Socratic Revolution         
Aristotle     Architecture         
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         
The Altar     
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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