16 responses to “Unit 3 Thoughts & Tips

  1. Civic humanism was created to establish responsible and efficient city governments using projects such as health boards which dealt with public health issues. Civic Humanism was created by administrators of the largest cities of Italy. The effect of Civic humanism was a creation of controls and quarantines to isolate plague and prevent the spread of disease. The boards had control over death records, burials, cemeteries and much more in order to control the disease.

    Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was not a good example of High Renaissance Literary Style because High Renaissance was about classical themes such as wisdom and passion; it was more humanitarian. The prince was more like mannerism, in which it did not believe in conforming to religious and moral rules, and rejected the medieval tradition.

  2. charletta smith

    ***Civic humanism is defined in our books as “an Italian renaissance ideal, characterized by dedicated and educated citizens who served as administrators and civil servants in their cities; inspired by the periods classical revival”, which is why it is often referred to as classical humanism. Civic humanism made its way from the first century Cicero who contested his belief that every man should be well rounded and familiar with philosophy, rhetoric, poetry, and history. Too Cicero a man was nothing unless he was educated enough that he could hold a conversation, communicate his ideas, and convince and motivate others to do what you want them to do. The concept of civic humanism expanded throughout schools and universities which were mostly men because they hoped that women didn’t want to go to school. As a result to the new education standards that became most of western Europe during the middle ages the cultural archeologists practiced studia humanitatis (the study of humanities) which connected the Christian advancement of the community with the extent of comprehension of languages, grammar, rhetoric, philosophy, and history. All men assumed to have distinctive talents and are to have specific qualities in order to be a humanist. Civic humanism has affected learning and education everywhere because it has brought a new way of life. It has been happening ever since the first century and it continues still today.

    ***No, I don’t think Machiavelli’s the prince is an example of the high renaissance literary style. Machiavelli was a mannerist thinker and the founder of political thought, his writings were about human weakness mostly because he had a negative view on human nature( I think I would too if I had been through what he went through, being in prison and tortured). He is very well known in western culture and his book the prince was very successful. The prince is about the power of politics as he saw it and it’s like an instruction guide of behavior for rulers or leaders, and was written to inform them on how to gain power and keep the power (authority). It was read by mainly rulers, leaders, and sovereigns that wanted advice. Machiavelli dedicated the prince to the ruler Medici hoping he would get the outcome he wanted which was a job in Florence however, his plan failed. Although Machiavelli was very educated in classicism, he still thought the human race was flawed. He was considered to be a mannerist because of his views and beliefs were so different than the renaissance period styles about humanity such as the wisdom, humor, tolerance, and passion of a person with good since whereas the mannerist saw humanity as impossible to improve, faulty, and an anticlassical sprit. Our text books even say “the mannerist works of Florentine author Niccolo Machiavelli began to appear” in chapter 12 on page 343, it also goes on saying “the contrast between the idealizing spirit of the high renaissance and the antitraditionalist views of mannerism can be clearly seen by the work of the diplomat and courtier Baldassare Castiglione beside that of Machiavelli” that reveals to me that Machiavelli’s the prince is not a good example of the high renaissance literary style. Both Machiavelli and Castiglione have written a type of manual of behavior and if I was going to compare them that would be the only similarity.

  3. Amber Franzell

    Thanks Again for all the helpful tips Professor Stacy.
    Civic Humanism was an outgrowth of the Renaissance’s cultivation of the culture of ancient Greece and Rome (page 342). Civic Humanism was created by administrators of the largest cities of Italy. The Civic Humanism was created to established many different projects that had many impacts on medical care, which included setting up of city wide health care boards composed of physicians and medical personnel, to deal with public health issues that mainly dealt with plague and other contagious diseases. The effect of Civic Humanism was a use of controls and quarantines to isolate and prevent the spread of disease. The boards had control over keeping records of each death and its cause, supervising burials, cemeteries, hospitals, and regulating city health conditions.
    No, I believe that Machiavelli’s The Prince was not a good example of the High Renaissance literary style. This style was mostly about humanitarian along with classical themes, wisdom, and passion. The Prince Machiavelli was known more like a mannerism, in other words he did not believe in conforming to religious and morals rules along with rejecting the medieval traditions. He just did not follow or believe in any of the Renaissance style. As stated in the Humanities book on page 346, Machiavelli held a negative view of human nature and made human weakness the central message of his writings. This pretty much shows that Machiavelli The Prince was a negative person which means he was not a good example to the High Renaissance literary style. He was just too negative of a person to actually set a good example.

  4. Samantha Cotton

    My blog response post is over learning the art of critical thinking in unit three. Critical thinking is used to help a person weigh all their options in any given situation. This technique deems very important especially when facing a situation that contains several options. Things to consider when faced with a problem include; “what is the best way to prepare for this”? “How can I achieve more successful results”? “What should I be focusing my attention on”? By considering all your options and reflecting on the things you’ve learned through previous experiences; you pave a way towards better outcomes. Thinking critically helps individuals gain quality in their thinking process and engage in intellectual work. According to the post written by Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Richard Paul; to become better thinkers we must be willing to put the work into thinking that skilled improvements always requires. Given examples on how to clarify your thinking is provided in the post which include; elaborating on what you mean, stating one point at a time, provide examples of your life experiences that pertain to your thoughts and use metaphors and analogies to better understand and connect to your ideas. Clarifying other people’s thinking is equally important when trying to maintain a healthy communication flow. Questions to ask when trying to comprehend someone else’s thinking are; can you give examples? I didn’t understand you; can you restate your point using other words? This is what I got out of what you just said, did I understand you correctly? It is crucial to form logical connections to avoid fragmented thinking. Sticking to the point and staying focused on what is truly relevant helps to achieve this. Maintaining these abilities helps individuals focus on the main task at hand and remain aware for all that pertains to the issue.

  5. Samantha Cotton

    Civic humanism’s central concept is the idea of “virtue”. Hans Baron coined this term; he was a German-American historian. Civic humanism has served as inspiration for reviving classical republicanism. According to our textbooks civic humanism was an Italian Renaissance ideal, characterized by dedicated and educated citizens who served as administrators and civil servants in their cities. Civic humanism had many projects and several had a strong impact on medical care thus leading toward regulations on city health conditions, inspections in food markets and supervising burials and cemeteries. Civic humanism developed between the years of 1400-1600 in Italy’s schools of medicine and is viewed as an innovative step in medical care through local administrator’s creative work.

  6. Samantha Cotton

    High Renaissance literary style was a time where there was an explosive amount of creative geniuses. These geniuses drew the majority of their themes through values from Greco-Roman classics. High Renaissance authors aimed most of their pieces towards idealism. Machiavelli’s “The Prince” would be a good example of the High Renaissance literary style. “The Prince” was Machiavelli’s most enduring contribution which initiated a revolution in political thought. Those who wrote in the high renaissance times wrote of an unruly physical reality. “The Prince” sprang from wounded idealism and political reality.

  7. Nicole Durbin

    Civic humanism can be looked at in many different ways. To me it was about making everyone the best person they could be and doing things for the good of all people. For example the government/doctors of the time would isolate anyone with disease so that it would not spread. If this was not done many more people would have died from these illnesses. I think this was a huge and great idea for this time because it shows how for all of human good is better than for your own good. On the other hand though our book describes it a little different then how I see it. The book describes civic humanism as “an Italian renaissance ideal, characterized by dedicated and educated citizens who served as administrators and civil servants in their cities; inspired by the periods classical revival”. To me this means that you were in a sense told what was proper for people to act and how you should talk. The book goes on and describes it as being able to communicate your ideas and describe yourself sense fully. But it was also about interpreting what others say around you. I believe that in today’s society we all need get educated on this because there are many arguments today that could be prevented by people knowing how to understand what others say. I believe these two ideas intertwine to make a great point.
    No, I believe that Machiavelli’s The Prince was not a good example of the High Renaissance literary style. High renaissance literary style was more positive then how he ever wrote. His was merely based on all the negatives he same and that nothing could truly be good. He did not believe in anything that stood for value in this time period. He rejected anything that was band wagon, which is good sometime but not when you reject everything and turn in all into bad things.

    Nicole Durbin

  8. Dana Settle

    Civic humanism developed between 1400 and 1600 BCE in Italy. It was an Italian renaissance ideal that articulated most notably in Florence city-states. The book characterizes it as the work of dedicated and educated citizens severing as administrators and civil servants of their cities. Once the success of establishing these efficient and responsible city governments was completed another project immediately began, one that had a huge impact on medical care. Pretty much it dealt with health issues such as the plague and other highly contagious diseases and how to keep the public quarantined from those that were infected. It was an overall ideal to keep the public safe. The new health boards of physicians and medical personnel that were created now kept records of every death and its cause. They supervised everything from burials, to activities in hospitals and even the lives of beggars and prostitutes. All of these studies and records eventually made way for health code laws, ones that we still abide by to this day.
    I do not believe that Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was a good example of the high renaissance literary style, however I do believe that it was a important piece of work from that period. His take on achieving political power by any means necessary and also his conclusion that the human race was irremediably flawed was the exact opposite of what other writers were writing about during that time. High Renaissance writing ranged from translations of classic Latin and Greek writings, to poetry from Michelangelo to books on developing science and philosophy. Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was different in the way that it wasn’t similar to any of those writings, instead it was a manual. It was a manual about how to have a self-serving attitude. Many presidents throughout time have read Machiavelli’s works and have to a point used his ideas but by putting there own spin on them.

  9. Julia Pike

    Like all of you, I agree that the “Prince” is not a good example of High Renaissance style. It reflects more precisely the mannerism style of literature. While I did not read any part of the Prince, I learned from our textbook that Machiavelli was the start of the mannerism style of writing. He learned from life experience that, unlike what Michelangelo and Castiglione wrote about, most of the human race, especially politicians and people in high power, is flawed . While you could view his reasoning as being cynic, I would argue that in light of the current events and of the state of the world we live in, Machiavelli was pretty realistic and blunt. Writing the Prince did not help him and his situation but it was a step forward in bringing out the truth about men in power and political injustice.

  10. Civic Humanism was an Italian Renaissance’s idea that continues to cultivate ancient Greek and Rome cultural values that characterized this time. This movement consisted of civic administrators and servants of their cities. Seen themselves as the civil servants in the ancient polis they honor it by trying to establish more responsible and efficient governments. The creation of Civic Humanism came to be an innovative step for medical care. It gave the possibility of create citywide health board. Under this new institutional project physician and medical personnel dealt with medial issues such as plague and contiguous diseases. They prevented the spread of diseases by using controls and quarantines. Probably the most significant effect of the civic humanism over the medical heath was the jurisdiction given to it to keep records of death and its causes, regulating city health conditions from places to citizens.
    Machiavelli’s The Prince is not a good example of High Renaissance by any mean. It is a controversial literature work that was one of the genius creations of this period but at the same time had anything to be with the thoughts of the time. His work is preceded by his mannerism and negativism about the nature of human weaknesses. Machiavelli’s work was the reflection of his own life and experience, in which he was tortured and exiled. The Prince was dedicated to give a political advised and his experience as witness on what he understood was the only way to rid Italy of foreign. This work inaugurated an important revolution in political thoughts but at the same time its context defines as mannerism writing far from the classical themes of the High Renaissance.

  11. Melissa Rogers

    Civic humanism developed between 1400-1600, in Italy’s school of medicine. It continued to be among the best in Europe. During this time, Italy took another step in medical care. Civic humanism was an outgrowth of the Renaissance’s cultivation of the culture of Greece and Rome. Pretty much it dealt with health issues such as the plague and other highly contagious diseases and how to keep the public quarantined from those that were infected.One of the main projects was to set up medical care city wide, with a health board of physicians and medical personnel, to deal with the health issues of the people, especially with the plague and other contagious diseases. I do not believe that Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was a good example of the high renaissance literary style. His writing reflected his life and how he was exiled and tortured. Prince was dedicated to politics that absorbed policymakers and political thinkers alike. His work also failed with it;’s immediate objectives.

  12. Kendra

    Civic humanism is “an Italian Renaissance ideal, characterized by dedicated and educated citizens who served as administrators and civil servants in their cities.” The main goal associated with this idea was to establish responsible and efficient city governments. This concept was considered innovative in medical field in Italy during the Renaissance. It originated from a group of civic administrators that were educated and saw themselves as the equivalent to civil servants in an ancient city. It was a result of the cultivation of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Civic humanism was considered a very classical idea.
    The largest impact that civic humanism had was the creation of citywide health boards. These boards consisted of physicians and medical personal that were trained to deal with public health issues. These boards had no idea what the actual causes of diseases were, but they used different treatment techniques that had worked in the past. One great thing that they learned was to quarantine victims of the plague so that it couldn’t be transferred to others. The boards were also in charge of inspecting food markets, death records, and regulating city health conditions.

    In my opinion, Machiavelli’s The Prince isn’t a good example of the High Renaissance literary style. Everything about this work of art opposes the ideology of the High Renaissance literary style. The themes of literary works from this era came from the Greco-Roman classics and authors stuck very closely to this classical tradition. The popular concept of this time was humanitas, which translates as humanity. This means that their works of art told stories about the wisdom, humor, tolerance and passion of the person of good sense. There was a very idealizing spirit that came out through this concept.
    Machiavelli was a mannerist who had an anticlassical spirit despite having an education in classicism. He thought that the human race was flawed. Most of his writings had a central message about human weakness due to his negative view of human nature. Machiavelli had learned that optimism was wrong and his cynicism sprang from wounded idealism. His goal with his writings was to restore sanity in a world that had gone mad with idealism. One of the main concepts in The Prince was to show that the church and state should be separate so that politics wasn’t conformed to religious rules. Themes throughout the book included the ruthlessness needed in politics, an amoral treatment of political power, dishonesty, and treachery. This book was, although popular, controversial and denounced by religious leaders.

  13. Britney Padgett

    Civic humanism is defined as an Italian Renaissance ideal and characterized by dedicated and educated citizens who served as administrators and civil servants in their cities; inspired by the period’s classical revival. Civic humanism was an outgrowth of the Renaissance’s cultivation of the culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Italy’s civic administrators saw themselves as modern equivalents of civil servants in an ancient polis. As such, they tried to establish responsible and efficient city governments. One of their projects that had a strong impact on medical care was the setting up of citywide health boards composed of physicians and medical personnel to deal with public health issues especially plague and other contagious diseases. The new city health boards had jurisdiction over such matters as keeping records of each death and it cause inspecting food markets, regulating city health conditions, and supervising burials, cemeteries, hospitals, and even beggars and prostitutes.
    I do not believe Machiavelli’s The Prince is a good example of high Renaissance literary style. High Renaissance literary style was made up of wisdom, passion, and classical themes. This High Renaissance literary style was known to be mostly about humanitarian whereas The Prince was known more as mannerism. The Prince describes the power politics that the new sovereign states of France and Spain were pursuing in Italian affairs. Machiavelli realized that the only way to rid Italy of foreigners was to adopt the methods of it successful foes. Rejecting the medieval tradition of framing political discussions in Christian terms, Machiavelli treated the state as a human invention that should not necessarily conform to religious or moral rules. In contrast to optimism Machiavelli held a negative view of human nature and made human weakness the central message of his writings. His pessimism is why I believe his work, The Prince, is not a good example of High Renaissance literary style.

  14. Nicholas Reichert

    1. Civic humanism is the characteristic that Italy’s local administrators took into affect during the Italian Renaissance. These officials created very innovative steps toward advancing Italian medical care. Italy’s civic administrators were trained in the Greek and Latin classics, and they saw themselves as modern equivalents of civil servants. These administrators tried to establish responsible and efficient city governments. One of their projects that helped the advancement of medical care was the setting up of citywide health boards. The health boards we made up of doctors and physicians to deal with medical issues.
    The origins of civic humanism may have been caused by the studies of the human body by Leonardo. Furthermore, Leonardo was above and beyond anyone else in the field of human anatomy studies. Also, Italy had the best schools of medicine in Europe, so they wanted to further advance in medical field. This shows the Renaissance’s desire to understand humans and the world.
    The creation of the citywide health boards helped in controlling and preventing the plague and other contagious diseases. These methods were pioneered in the 1400’s. Once the health boards were established they started keeping records of deaths and the cause of death, they inspected food markets, regulated city health conditions, and supervised burials, cemeteries, and hospitals.

    2. Niccolo Machiavelli’s literature work is in the style of Mannerism, not the High Renaissance, which is the belief that human nature is inherently rational and good. Machiavelli’s was very anti-Classical and he decided that human flaws are incurable. Machiavelli’s The Prince rejected the medieval tradition of framing political discussion in Christian term. He considered the state as a human invention and does not need to conform to religious or moral rules.
    Machiavelli’s background as a senior official and diplomat for the Florentine republic caused him to be imprisoned, tortured, and then exiled to his family estate outside of the city. This happen in 1512 and in 1513 he wrote The Prince which circulated as a manuscript until it was published in 1532. The book was denounced by the religious leaders and was secretly read by secular rulers for advice.
    In The Prince Machiavelli wrote about how the power politics of Spain and France was pursuing in Italian affairs. He realized that the only way for Italy to get rid of the foreigners was to adopt their methods of politics. Lastly, he mentions that the only thing that could drive out Italy’s oppressors was a strong-willed monarch that was not bound by a finicky moral code. Since Machiavelli was against the idealizing spirit of the High Renaissance, The Prince is not a good example of High Renaissance literary style.

  15. Emily Holbrook

    I say it every time but I’ll say it again, I look forward to the blog post titled, “Unit 3 Thoughts & Tips”. Obviously it is different each unit but I find these posts to be the most helpful and useful of all the posts. Although, this time, the blog contained mostly links to different places that would provide the information we would need, it still broke everything down and allowed us to find what we were looking for. It is categorized very nicely and it is very organized. I also appreciate seeing the link to the early post, “Five Steps to Success Writing Papers”. It is nice to refresh my memory on this advice. I also loved seeing the link to the assignment sheet and a student example. It helps me to base my paper off of something. I am always nervous when I write a paper without really knowing where it is going. I print out the assignment sheet for the unit papers or rearrange my computer screen so I can see the prompt at all times. I enjoy having something I can follow step by step so I know if I am doing the assignment correctly. The section in the blog regarding the resources for the exam was very helpful also. It was almost like a study guide in a sense. The early blog post, “Five Steps for Success (Exams)”, is similar to the article, “Five Steps to Success Writing Papers” as it also helps keep me calm before exams and allows me to focus better. Once again, you provided the essay questions as they appeared on the test. I really appreciate that because I know what to expect when I get to that portion of the test. In my opinion, it is very important to remain calm during a test. I feel like it is important to remain focused during an exam so you can think clearly about the task at hand. The exams are hard enough as it is, adding stress and fear to it will simply decrease your score. Honestly, I don’t watch a YouTube video unless I am unsure of a concept. But, having links to certain YouTube videos at hand on the blog keeps me from having to search all over blackboard to find certain links. Although reading a passage or post is usually all I need to understand a reading or concept but having the option to watch the YouTube videos is an awesome resource to simply be aware of. I don’t know if I have skipped over the ‘pop quiz’ link in the past or if it is a new link that has been posted but I took full advantage of that this time around! That is fantastic that you found quizzes and trivia’s regarding the units. Since they aren’t a grade, it makes it feel more like a study guide. I took both quizzes and it made me relax a little and feel even more prepared for the test. Also, my boyfriend has Netflix so seeing the bullet point about Netflix made me more aware of another opportunity to learn more about this unit.

  16. Yasel M.

    Describe the Rococo style in painting.
    The rococo style grew out of the baroque style but that intimate and personal and emphasized the frivolous and superficial side of the aristocratic life. It focused on irregular design, light, pure ornamentation. It was also characterized by pastel colors, delicate curves, and fancy figures.

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