Arts and Ideas by William Fleming

By William Fleming

Arts & rules is a historical past of the humanities—art, structure, track, literature, and philosophy—from the traditional global to the current day. It highlights the key varieties of arts and letters as they crystallized in facilities of civilization at moments of excessive cultural success, similar to 5th-century B.C. Athens and Renaissance Florence.
The underlying notion of Arts & rules is the idea that deeper human figuring out may be obtained by way of learning the inventive revelations of artists, poets, philosophers, and composers, from our personal time and from the previous. extra greatly, the humanities, whilst thought of of their ordinary humanistic and cultural context, can display the landscape of ever-changing human photographs and attitudes, as humans and artists over the centuries convey their conceptions of themselves, their social atmosphere, and their position within the common scheme of items. All take part the ceaseless quest to create importance for all times. the final word aim is the knowledge of self and society via familiarity with evolving visible, verbal, and tonal imagery.

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Without hereditary government rested on the shoulders of the citizen class, and the rule of the demos, the "people," became the order of the day. Here the statesman Pericles and the philosopher Socrates heard the wisdom of Anaxagoras. C. rulers, The land of Hellas, a small city-state dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom, saw the birth of a new spirit— a spirit destined to quicken the human heart and mind then. now. and for ages to come. Here in Athens for a brief span of time were concentrated the creative energies of many geniuses.

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