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Chapter 2 Notes

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Introduction to Humanities
Allison Budaj
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Date Created: 09/28/16
Chapter 2 Notes The Greek World Athens was the center polis of the Greek world in the fourth and fifth centuries BCE There’s about 8,000 isolated city-states that composed Greece Acropolis is the poleis of city states consisted of an urban center surrounding a natural citadel Agora is a large open space serving as a meeting place, marketplace and civic center Stoa was the principal architectural feature of the agora Aristotle was a philosopher who pursued Eudaimonia, “the good or flourishing life” The Cyclades  A group of more than 100 islands in the Aegean Sea between mainland Greece and the island of Greece  No written records of the early Cycladic people remain, although archeologists have found a good deal of their art in and around hillside burial chambers  Trade with the larger island of Crete to the south brought the Cyclades into Crete’s political orbit by 2200 BCE Minoan Culture in Crete  Flourished in Crete from 1900 to 1375 BCE  The name comes from King Minos  Regularly sacrificed bulls, which at least symbolically associated with male virility and strength  Worshiped female deities Mycenaean Culture on the Mainland  In 1450 BCE, the Minoans abandoned the place at Knossos and warriors form the mainland culture of Mycenae that quickly occupied Greece  Metalwork was prized on the mainland  It was a warlike culture, unlike the Minoans  Repousse is a technique in which the artist hammers out the design from the inside  Feudal are powerful kings that controlled the cities and surrounding countryside, and they expected loyalty and financial support from the inhabitants  Discovered by German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann in the late nineteenth century The Iliad  Narrates an episode in the 10-year Trojan War, which began when the Greeks launched a large fleet of ships under King Agamemnon of Mycenae The Odyssey  Narrates the adventures of one of the principle Greek leaders, Odysseus, on his return home from the fighting The Classical Orders  Composed of three vertical elements- the platform, the column, and the entablature- which comprise its elevation  Doric is the heaviest of the columns, is sturdy and simple  Ionic is lighter and more elegant in detail  Corinthian is seemingly supported by mere leaves The Golden Age of Athens  Kleisthenes instituted the first Athenian political democracy where he reorganized the Athenian political system into demes, which are small local areas comparable to modern precints  Dates from 480 BCE to 404 BCE  Pericles is the statesman the convinced the Athenians to rebuild their devastated city  A culture of astonishing sophistication and diversity The Architectural Program at the Acropolis  Cost was enormous  Phidias was the chief sculptor; Ictinus, Callicrates, and Mnescles were the chief architects  Worked on it from 440 BCE to 406 BCE  The complex consisted of four main structures: the Propylaia, the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheoin  Used Ionic columns The Philosophical Tradition in Athens  Pre-Socratics comprised the oldest school of philosophical tradition, chiefly concerned with describing the natural universe  Sophists literally mean “wise men”  Humanism focuses of the actions of human beings Socrates and the Sophists  He understood the true meaning of the good, the true, and the just was prerequisite for acting virtuously  The dialectic method was a process of inquiry characterized by question-and-answer dialogue used by Socrates  Inductive Reasoning is moving from specific instances to general principles, and from particular to universal truths Aristotle: Observing the Natural World and The Golden Mean  Emphasized the importance of empirical observation in understanding the world, distinguishing between a thing’s identity, its essence, and the changes that inevitably occur to it over time  Catharsis is the cleansing, purification, or purgation of the soul  The Golden Mean is the middle ground between any two extremes of behavior


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