This module examines the way in which ancient frames of reference were used to interpret new discoveries during the Renaissance. In involves lose analysis of selected sources, written and visual, from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, relating to education, civic culture, ethnography, and science. Classes will examine the application of ancient language, genres and ideas to describe new phenomena first encountered during the Renaissance. Students will also examine how renaissance humanist methods of interpretative representation can be reflected in modern exhibition design and, accordingly, will contribute to a collaborative online exhibition on a topic relevant to their studies.
Module coordinator: Dr Jason Harris.