May 23, 2019  
2011-2012 University Catalogue 
2011-2012 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

LAPI 834 - Age of the Medici: 1375-1500

3 credits
A study of Florence in the Renaissance in the context of other Italian city-states. Covering the period from the republican regime at the end of the 14th century to the Medici’s assumption of power as dukes, the course examines the pursuit of humanistic studies that sustained the republican ideology of that society; Florence’s political and societal evolution from a republic to an autocratic regime; the flourishing arts and sciences, particularly under the rule of the Medici. It also investigates why, at that time, the city enjoyed an exceptional burst of intellectual and artistic creativity despite the erosion of political freedom. In the course we make use of primary sources and modern scholarship.

Prerequisites LACR*210

Student must have completed the 1st semester of their Sophomore year (45 credits).