HIST 49195/59195/79195 The Florentine Renaissance

Course Name: HIST 49195/59195/79195 The Florentine Renaissance

Description: The aim of this course is to study key thinkers of the Renaissance. They encompass neoplatonic philosophers such as Pico; political theorists, such as Machiavelli; religious reformers such as Savonarola; tracts about language and rhetoric by Valla; Columbus' letters from the "New World" he discovered; poets such as Ariosto, who, in the aftermath of the Fall of Constantinople and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, wrote plays about the immanent crisis of the values and achievements of their culture. The weave of intellectual history, engagement with texts, and exposure to the wonders of Rome, Florence, and Ferrara will show the Florentine Renaissance as the time of a genuine revolution in the ways of thinking about oneself, politics, and the deepest questions of life.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None