About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering world history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about important artists and literary figures. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the life and works of important artists and literary figures
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Important Artists & Literary Figures in History chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Important Artists & Literary Figures in History chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any world history question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about important artists and literary figures for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:
- St. Augustine's biography and The City of God
- Dante's The Divine Comedy
- The biography of Leonardo Da Vinci
- The life and works of Michelangelo
- Shakespeare's poetry and plays
- Johann Sebastian Bach's life and music
- The poetry and prose of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's compositions
- The life and works of Ludwig Van Beethoven
- Edgar Allen Poe's writing style
- Influences on the work of Charles Dickens
- Mark Twain's biography and writing style
- The work of Vincent Van Gogh
- Oscar Wilde's plays and novels
1. St. Augustine's City of God
This lesson explores the life of St. Augustine and one his most famous works, The City of God. As we explore this work, we'll highlight Rome's disdain for the Christian faith and Augustine's argument against Rome's religious position.
2. Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages
Dante Alighieri was a poet and philosopher from Florence during a time of political unrest. This article explores one of his most well-known poems and its impact on literature and Italian society.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works
This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.
6. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.
7. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence
Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.
8. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.
9. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Biography, Music & Facts
In this lesson you will learn about composer Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most prominent figures in music's Baroque period. Read about the music he wrote, and why his works have fascinated generations of listeners.
11. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Works & Biography
This lesson provides an overview of the life story and major works of Goethe, the German poet, novelist, and playwright. We'll also look at Goethe's lasting influence on Western literature, music, and philosophy.
12. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Biography, Compositions & Accomplishments
Playing music by age 3, composing by age 5, writing an opera at age 14, and dead at 35, Mozart packed a lot of accomplishments into his short life. Learn more about one of the most influential composers of all time.
13. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Biography, Facts & Music
While many people have heard of Beethoven, and even recognize the introduction to ''Symphony Number 9'' or the ''Ode to Joy'', few know must the depths of this particular composer's influence on Classical music. Learn about his life and his music and test your knowledge with a quiz!
14. Vincent van Gogh: Biography & Artwork
More than almost any other painter, Vincent van Gogh has epitomized the tortured artist. Believing that his work was inspired by a higher power, van Gogh would ultimately commit suicide, tragically thinking the world had no appreciation for his remarkable work.
15. Lucretius: Biography, Books & Atomic Theory
Lucretius was a first century BC Roman poet and philosopher. In this lesson, you will learn about the context in which he lived, the works he wrote, and his contributions to the theories of materialism and atomism.
16. Avicenna: Biography, Quotes & Contributions
We often think of the medieval era as a dark age, but that definitely wasn't true everywhere. In this lesson, we'll explore the life and works of Avicenna, and see how this medieval genius helped reshape the intellectual world.
17. Jane Marcet: Biography, Books & Invention
Jane Marcet (1769 - 1858) was a pioneering writer of popular introductory science books. Marcet was actually the first female to write authoritatively in the science area, writing 'Conversations on Chemistry' in 1806.
18. Who was Clark Gable? - Biography, Death & Quotes
In this lesson, we will learn about the life, fame, and death of Hollywood icon Clark Gable, star of ''Gone with the Wind'' and ''It Happened One Night.'' We will explore his early life in Ohio, his fascination with theater, his successes in Hollywood, and his untimely death.
19. Who Was Jay Silverheels? - Biography, Roles & Death
Jay Silverheels is best remembered for a single role, but his career is far more significant than this may imply. In this lesson, we'll explore the life and legacy of this trailblazing actor.
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