Portrait and Life of Chaucer, 16th Century. [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Giovanni Boccaccio, Portrait by Andrea del Castagno c 1450. [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Portrait of Dante c 1495 after Sandro Botticelli. [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Hand-illustrated page from an early printed edition of Petrarch's Canzoniere before 1550. [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Scientist Paracelsus by Original P.P. Rubens, School of Metsys; Print Artist: Wenceslaus. [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
About the Seminar
The Medieval Period
The Honors Humanities Seminar is part of the Honors Program's core curriculum. It is an interdisciplinary program which is designed to introduce students to the central concepts of philosophy, literature, history, and religious studies. The purpose of the course is to develop critical skills and qualities of mind necessary to a liberal education. This is done by introducing students to major writings in the humanities and by encouraging them to think about and discuss the ideas addressed in these works. This seminar involves mainly a multi-disciplinary exploration of the period. Honors 102 covers works from late Antiquity through the Middle Ages.
The Koran : Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed, Translated into English Immediately from the Original Arabic ; with Explanatory Notes, Taken from the Most Approved Commentators. To Which Is Prefixed a Preliminary Discourse. By George Sale, Gent. London: Printed by C. Ackers in St. John's-Street, for J. Wilcox at Vingil's Head overagainst the New Church in the Strand, 1734. Web. Eighteenth century collections online.
Augustine. St. Augustine's Confessions : Or, Praises of God. In Ten Books. Newly Translated into English from the Original Latin. Dublin: Printed by E. Bate for C. Connor, opposite the Blind Quay, near Essex-Gate, 1746. Web. Eighteenth century collections online.
Ptolemy. Ptolemy's quadripartite; or, four books concerning the influences of the stars. Faithfully render'd into English from Leo Allacius, Library-Keeper to the Vatican in Rome; And Diligently Compared with the Best of other Greek Copies and Latin Translations. To which is added, a variety of notes and annotations Explaining the most Difficult and Obscure Passages in the whole Subject. And also an appendix for the better Understanding of Ptolemy concerning Part of Fortune. By John Whalley, Student in Astrology and Physick. London, . Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale.
Contains discussions of the writings found in the Old and New Testaments. Provides interpretive essays that deal descriptively with the content, purpose, and theological perspective of each book of the Bible. Primary emphasis is on the Bible as literature.
Anderson, Bernhard W., editor. The Books of the Bible. Vol. 1: The Old Testament/The Hebrew Bible, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1989. Gale Virtual Reference Library,
Cestaro, Gary. "The Decameron." World Literature and Its Times: Profiles of Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events That Influenced Them, by Joyce Moss, vol. 7: Italian Literature and Its Times, Gale, 2005, pp. 117-127. Gale Virtual Reference Library
Brosamer, Matthew. "Confessions." World Literature and Its Times: Profiles of Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events That Influenced Them, by Joyce Moss, vol. 8: Classical Literature and Its Times, Gale, 2006, pp. 105-115. Gale Virtual Reference Library
Rabinowitz, Louis Isaac, et al. "Maimonides, Moses." Encyclopaedia Judaica, edited by Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, 2nd ed., vol. 13, Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, pp. 381-397. Gale Virtual Reference Library