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Unformatted text preview: Renaissance Period The Renaissance period was a series of cultural and literary movements that took place in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries in Europe. The word renaissance means rebirth and originated with the belief that Europeans had rediscovered the intellectual and cultural superiority of the Greek and Roman cultures. The Renaissance period is preceded by the Middle Ages, also known as the Dark Ages, which began with the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century. The term renaissance was coined by Jacob Burckhardt in the eighteenth century in The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy . Renaissance education was designed to produce a person well-versed in humanities, mathematics, science, sports, and art. The Renaissance person had extensive knowledge in many fields, explored beyond the boundaries of learning and geographical knowledge, and embraced free thought and skepticism. Artists, writers, explorers, architects, and scientists were motivated free thought and skepticism....
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