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The Humanities in the Western Tradition: Ideas and Aesthetics, Volume I: Ancient to Medieval, 1st Edition

  • Marvin Perry Baruch College, City University of New York
  • J. Wayne Baker The University of Akron
  • Pamela Pfeiffer Hollinger The University of Akron
  • ISBN-10: 0395848113  |  ISBN-13: 9780395848111
  • 368 Pages
  • © 2003 | Published
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About

Overview

This book focuses on the historical component of the Humanities course, with an emphasis on intellectual history. It pays close attention to the lives of individuals, highlighting the human aspect of great artists and thinkers. An abundance of biographical information allows students to see these figures as real people with concrete motivations for creating great historical works. The text contains a number of pedagogical features, which are especially helpful for students who have no background in humanities.

Table of Contents

I. The Birth of the West: The Greco-Roman Judeo-Christian Heritage
1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations
Prehistory
The Rise to Civilization
Mesopotamian Civilization
Egyptian Civilization
Persia: Unifier of the Near East
2. The Hebrews: A New View of God and the Individual
Early Hebrew History
God: One, Sovereign, Transcendent, Good
The Individual and Moral Autonomy
The Covenant and the Law
The Hebrew Idea of History
The Prophets
The Bible as Literature
Art and Music
3. Hellenic Civilization I: From Myth to Reason
Early Aegean Civilizations
Evolution of City-States
The Decline of the City-States
Early Greek Literature
Greek Religion
Philosophy in the Hellenic Age
4. Hellenic Civilization II: The Arts and Literature
Lyric Poetry
Music
Drama
The Greek View of History
Hellenic Art
5. The Hellenistic Age: Cultural Diffusion
Alexander the Great
Hellenistic Society
Hellenistic Culture
Hellenistic Art
6. Roman Civilization: The Expansion of Hellenism
Evolution of the Roman Republic
The Foundations of the Roman Empire
The Decline of Rome
Republican Culture: Philosophy and Literature
Roman Culture During the Pax Romana
Law
Cultural Stagnation and Transformation
Roman Art
7. Early Christianity: A World Religion
The Origins of Christianity
The Spread and Triumph of Christianity
Development of Christian Organization and Attitudes
Early Christian Theology and Literature
Early Christian Art
II. The Middle Ages: The Christian Centuries
8. The Medieval East: Byzantium and Islam
A Survey of Byzantine History
Byzantine Learning
Byzantine Music
Byzantine Art and Architecture
The Origins and Expansion of Islam
The Decline of the Arab Empire
Islamic Theology
Inner Divisions: Sunnites, Shi'ites, and Sufis
Muslim Society
Islamic Thought
Islamic Literature
Islamic Art and Architecture
9. The Early Medieval West: Fusion of Classical, Christian, and Germanic Traditions
The Rise of Latin Christendom
Early Medieval Literature
Early Medieval Art
10. The High Middle Ages I: The Flowering of Medieval Thought
Economic Expansion: Agricultural Improvements, Revival of Trade, and Growth of Towns
The Rise of States
Medieval Religion: Devotion, Power, Heresy
Revival of Learning
Philosophy-Theology
Science
The Recovery of Roman Law
11. The High Middle Ages II: The Flowering of Medieval Literature, Art, and Music
Medieval Literature
Medieval Art
Pictorial Art
Medieval Music
12. The Late Middle Ages: Crisis, Continuity, and Change
The Fourteenth Century: An Age of Adversity
The Decline of the Papacy
Late Medieval Thought
Late Medieval Literature: Continuity with Traditional Themes
Late Medieval Literature: New Directions
Late Medieval Art
The Ars Nova (New Art) in Music

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Audio CD-ROM, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 0395848180 | ISBN-13: 9780395848180)

These CDs feature music discussed in the text. Instructors can use them in the classroom and students may purchase the CDs for use outside the classroom as well.

The Humanities in the Western Tradition: Readings in Literature and Thought, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 0395848148 | ISBN-13: 9780395848142)

This reader provides a balanced approach to the Humanities course by focusing on intellectual history. Highlighting the human aspect of great artists and thinkers, this text's coverage spans from the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian heritage to Modernism and beyond. This book follows the organization of The Humanities in the Western Tradition text, yet may be used to supplement other humanities texts.

List Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.50

Student Supplements

Audio CD-ROM, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 0395848180 | ISBN-13: 9780395848180)

These CDs feature music discussed in the text. Instructors can use them in the classroom and students may purchase the CDs for use outside the classroom as well.

List Price = $31.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.00

The Humanities in the Western Tradition: Readings in Literature and Thought, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 0395848148 | ISBN-13: 9780395848142)

This reader provides a balanced approach to the Humanities course by focusing on intellectual history. Highlighting the human aspect of great artists and thinkers, this text's coverage spans from the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian heritage to Modernism and beyond. This book follows the organization of The Humanities in the Western Tradition text, yet may be used to supplement other humanities texts.

List Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Marvin Perry

Marvin Perry, now retired, taught history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has published several successful Cengage Learning texts, including WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (senior author and general editor); WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY; the leading Western Civilization reader, SOURCES OF THE WESTERN TRADITION; AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE; SOURCES OF EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1900 (senior editor); HUMANITIES IN THE WESTERN TRADITION (senior author and general editor); and WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY. His scholarly work includes ARNOLD TOYNBEE AND THE WESTERN TRADITION (1996); coauthor of ANTISEMITISM: MYTH AND HATE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (2002); coeditor of ANTISEMITIC MYTHS: A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY (2008); and coeditor of THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM: AN ANTHOLOGY (2008). Dr. Perry's scholarly work focuses on the history of ideas.

J. Wayne Baker

J. Wayne Baker holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and taught in the history department of The University of Akron from 1968 until his retirement in 2000. From 1990 to 1999, he was director of the Humanities in the Western Tradition course at Akron. His scholarly research focuses on the works of Heinrich Bullinger and John Calvin. He has published two monographs and co-edited a book, as well as many journal articles and book reviews.

Pamela Pfeiffer Hollinger

Pamela Pfeiffer Hollinger taught in the Humanities course at The University of Akron for over 18 years before moving into administration there. For this text, she has authored the material on music and dance and co-authored the literature and art material. Her background in multimedia has made her a valuable resource in developing the text's ancillary program.