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Masterpieces of World Literature: V Tale of Genji

Notes for week 5, Masterpieces of World Literature (or Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature and Modern Masterpieces of World Literature) by David Damroschand Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.

The Floating World: The Tale of Genji

 

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Masterpieces of World Literature – IV The Thousand and One Nights

Notes for week 12, Masterpieces of World Literature (or Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature and Modern Masterpieces of World Literature) by David Damroschand Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.

West-Eastern Conversations: The Thousand and One Nights

أَلْف لَيْلَة وَلَيْلَة‎ / ʾAlf layla wa-layla

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MOOC Masterpieces of World Literature

Notes for the HarvardXWorld Literature MOOC by David Damrosch and Martin Puchner (HUM12x) on edX.

Duration: 13 weeks

Course Outline

  1. Goethe and the Birth of World Literature
  2. The Birth of Literature: The Epic of Gilgamesh
  3. Homer and the Archeology of the Classical Past: The Odyssey
  4. West-Eastern Conversations: The Thousand and One Nights
  5. The Floating World: The Tale of Genji
  6. The First National Epic: The Lusiads
  7. Enlightenment in the Colonies: Candide
  8. China and Its Neighbors:
  9. Inventing Latin America: Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones
  10. From Empire to Globe: Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman
  11. East-West Encounters: Salman Rushdie & Jhumpa Lahiri
  12. Istanbul in – or as – the World: Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red
  13. World Literature Today

Masterpieces of World Literature – XII Pamuk

Notes for week 12, Masterpieces of World Literature (or Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature and Modern Masterpieces of World Literature) by David Damrosch and Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.

Istanbul in – or as – the World: Orhan Pamuk

Ferit Orhan Pamuk (born 7 June 1952), the first Turkish Nobel laureate (2006).

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Masterpieces of World Literature – VI Os Lusíadas

Notes for week 6,  Masterpieces of World Literature (or Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature and Modern Masterpieces of World Literature) by David Damrosch and Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.

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The First National Epic

Luís Vaz de Camões (c. 1524/5 – 1580)

The poem consists of ten cantos, each with a different number of stanzas (1102 in total). It is written in the decasyllabic ottava rima, which has the rhyme scheme ABABABCC, and contains a total of 8816 lines of verse.

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Masterpieces of World Literature – XI Rushdie & Lahiri

Notes for Masterpieces of World Literature (or Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature and Modern Masterpieces of World Literature) by David Damrosch and Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.

East-West Encounters

Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947)

Nilanjana Sudeshna “Jhumpa” Lahiri (born on July 11, 1967)

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Masterpieces of World Literature – X Soyinka

Notes for week 10 Masterpieces of World Literature by David Damrosch and Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.

From Empire to Globe: Wole Soyinka

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UA MOOC: Roman Art and Archaeology

Notes for Roman Art and Archaeology by professor David Soren on Coursera / University of Arizona.

Duration: 6 weeks

  1. Introduction to ‘Roman Art and Archaeology’
  2. The Early Romans and Their Ancestors (ca. 1000 – 500 BCE)
  3. The Roman Republic’s Rise and Fall (509 – 31 BCE)
  4. Augustus and the Early Roman Empire (31 BCE – 1st century CE)
  5. Rome at its Zenith (2nd century CE)
  6. Crisis and Conclusion (3rd to 7th centuries CE)

 

Rome in Hollywood

Etruscans

About Isodoro Falchi in (German-speaking) Indiana Jones-style

Area archeologica di Vetulonia

Herodotus I, 94 This is their story: In the reign of Atys son of Manes there was great scarcity of food in all Lydia. (…) But the famine did not cease to trouble them, and instead afflicted them even more. At last their king divided the people into two groups, and made them draw lots, so that the one group should remain and the other leave the country (…)  his son, whose name was Tyrrhenus, of those who departed. Then the one group, having drawn the lot, left the country and came down to Smyrna and built ships, in which they loaded all their goods that could be transported aboard ship, and sailed away to seek a livelihood and a country; until at last, after sojourning with one people after another, they came to the Ombrici,1 where they founded cities and have lived ever since.  They no longer called themselves Lydians, but Tyrrhenians, after the name of the king’s son who had led them there. 

Die Etrusker – Wegbereiter des antiken Rom

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Exploring Ice Age Art

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There are four clusters of caves found in Western Europe and three of them have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves in the Pyrenees, in particular around Arièges, are not (yet) listed.

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Most of the 300-400 caves in West Europe known to contain Ice Age art are either closed or difficult to access.

Dordogne, France

Lascaux

Lascaux was discovered in 1940, opened to the public in ’47, air conditioning added in ’59 and closed again in ’63. The replica, Lascaux II was opened in ’83 in a nearby quarry with almost 90% of the paintings. Due impact of its 10 million visitors this also threatened the original site. In 2016, Lascaux IV opened and is expected to attract 400,000 visitors a year Lascaux III was a traveling exhibition.

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Font-de-Gaume and Combarelles

20 Km south of Lascaux is another center of prehistoric art with the caves of Font-de-Gaume. Combarelles, Cap Blance

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Midi-Pyrénées, France

Ardeche, France

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Cantabria, Spain

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Caves with Paradores

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Nearly 340 caves have now been discovered in France and Spain that contain art from prehistoric times. 

Cave paintings in El Castillo cave were found to date back to at least 37,300 years old by researchers at Bristol University, making them the oldest known cave art in Europe. 

The earliest known European figurative cave paintings are those of Chauvet Cave in France. These paintings date to earlier than 30,000 BCE

Other examples may date as late as the Early Bronze Age, but the well-known Magdalenian style seen at Lascaux in France (c. 15,000 BCE) and Altamira in Spain died out about 10,000 BCE, coinciding with the advent of the Neolithic period. Some caves probably continued to be painted over a period of several thousands of years

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Masterpieces of World Literature – II Gilgamesh

Notes for week 2 Masterpieces of World Literature by David Damrosch and Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.

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The Birth of Literature: The Epic of Gilgamesh

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