Ren. & Ref. Test Essays

Ren. & Ref. Test Essays - Esteban Peralta 2-25-09 WHH 6...

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Esteban Peralta 2-25-09 WHH 6 Ren./Ref. Test Essays 1. The quote, “the oil of commerce lighted the lamp of culture,” depicts one aspect of the Italian Renaissance. In the same way that Herodotus said that “Egypt is the gift of the Nile,” culture was the gift of commerce. In other words, culture could not have thrived without commerce. This quote refers to the fact that a lamp (not electric, of course) can not be lighted without oil. In the same way, culture could not have flourished during the Italian Renaissance without commerce. Why is commerce necessary for culture to prosper? Well, first of all, commerce, or trade, exposed Italy to new elements of culture due to contact with other cultures through the Crusades, which revived commercial activity. Trade was increased with the exchange of luxury goods and various commodities in the Mediterranean region. The independent states' struggle to become dominant on commerce was the motive power for the economy of Italy to augment. Italy’s wealth combined with
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