Huma Study Materials


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The Parthenon, Athens, Greece. Photo credit: Unknown


Chapter 1: The Prehistoric Past

* Photo Gallery of Egypt - Places, People, and Pyramids
* Video on King Tut from National Geographic - Studying the mummy and cause of death (3:40)
* Video on Hatshepsut from National Geographic - First female pharaoh (2:48)
* National Geographic's Interactive Guide to the Pyramids
* Hammurabi's Code, Ancient Babylon
* The Epic of Gilgamesh - Google Book with full text and related articles
* Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, core text of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, Google Book

Chapter 2: The Greek World

* YouTube video of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in Claymation - A must see!
* Plato's Allegory of the Cave - Discussion Points
* Original Text of The Allegory of the Cave (Book VII of Plato's Republic)
* Guide to Greek Deities and Mythological Figures

Chapter 3: Rome

* Detailed Images of Trajan's Column in Rome

Chapter 4: The Flowering of Religion

* Images of Christ in Byzantine art
* Images of Madonna in Byzantine art
* Detail of a bird, Byzantine mosaic
* Islamic art: Dome of the Rock, Hagia Sofia, Egyptian musicians
* Buddhist art - cave paintings, sculpture

Chapter 5: The Early Medieval World

* The Essential Norman Conquest (website with timeline, photos, sounds, clothing, and an encyclopedia of terms related to the Norman Conquest of 1066)
* Interesting details from the book The Life of Charlemagne
* Guide to the world's first novel, the Tale of Genji, written by the Japanese woman Murasaki Shikibu in 1004.
* An Encyclopedia overview of the Crusades.

Chapter 6: The Gothic and the Rebirth of Naturalism

* Brief biography of St. Francis of Assisi
* The World of Dante, a website with maps, music, illustrations, timelines, database, and full text of The Divine Comedy.
* Glossary of Gothic architecture terms with illustrations

Chapter 7: The Renaissance

* Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) A website with Chaucer's complete works, translations, bio, and more.
* Giotto's fresco (painting) The Mourning of Christ
* Botticelli's The Adoration of the Magi
* more to come...

Chapter 8: Renaissance and Reformation in the North

Chapter 9: The Age of Encounter

Chapter 10: The Counter-Reformation and The Baroque

* NPR radio program - Discussion of Bach's Six Brandenburg Concertos (audio at bottom of page)
* Free MP3 downloads of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
* Listen to the music of Antonio Vivaldi at Rhapsody.com ("Spring" from Primavera is the most famous)
* Biography of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the great sculptor, and links to pictures of his works
* Caravaggio paintings and brief biography