This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.
This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: History 5 Lecture 3 What was the Renaissance? An intellectual movement that began in I taly, intended to change how knowledge was categorized and learned going back to classic resources Christian intellectuals believed that the world was decaying until Christ returned to end the world Because the bible told them that the world was decaying Since there is only decay, you cant go forwards In order to make the world better, you need to go backwards, go back to the past Renaissance means rebirth How to progress in a decaying world? You have to look backwards to move forwards In the middle ages, there was a knowledge problem Most of the major resources of knowledge were written in languages not used in the Western cultures Manuscript transmissionevery copy of books had to be written by hand Scriptoria are institutions where people were paid to copy manuscripts There are certain errors, creating corrupt copies, which are copied over again This creates more and more corrupt copies Everybody has a different version The way to add to knowledge is to gloss pre-existing works and it would be written around the original And then there are glosses of glosses, etc. Europeans are working with poor corrupt editions of translated text, and their only access to these editions are through many generations...
View Full Document