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- Describe the influence of Cicero on Renaissance philosophy.
- Discuss the growth of Humanism during the Renaissance.
- Take a look at different forms of Renaissance art.
- Understand the impact Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales had on English society.
- Discuss the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.
1. Cicero and the Renaissance: Philosophies & Influence
In this lesson, we will meet the Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero and discover the influence his writings had on Renaissance thinkers, writers, and politicians.
2. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual
In this lesson, we will be discussing how humanism changed the idea of the individual from something sinful and controlled by the Church into something of great beauty and worth.
3. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture
In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.
4. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.
5. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography
This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.
6. Biography of Raphael: Paintings, Architecture & Major Works
In this lesson, we will meet the Renaissance artist Raphael. We will examine his life, a few of his most famous paintings and his work in architecture.
7. Michelangelo: Biography and Works
This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.
8. Famous Philosophers in History
In this lesson we will learn about famous philosophers throughout history. We will highlight their main contributions and analyze their role in the history of ideas.
9. The Phantom of the Opera: Summary, Characters & Analysis
This lesson offers a plot summary and analysis of the characters, themes, and form in Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel, The Phantom of the Opera. The narrative engages young readers today, since it can be compared to modern love/horror stories like 'Twilight.'
10. Who was Paracelsus? - Biography, Books & Quotes
This lesson goes over a brief biography of a man better known as Paracelsus. This lesson will also present a list of selected works and a few quotes from the man and you'll learn how he got his name.
11. Discourses on Livy by Machiavelli: Summary, Analysis & Quotes
'Discourses on Livy', by Niccolo Machiavelli, is a collection of Machiavelli's thoughts on politics, war, and affairs of state. His writings are plain and straightforward commentaries using the ancient Roman Empire as a general backdrop on which to paint his own philosophies.
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