History essay


Reading material: Will and Ariel Durant, The Story of Civilization


From the source above and for this week’s topics read the following sections:

Volume 5: Book 4, Book 5, Book 6

Essay 2 Topic

As the Ancient World came to a close, the spirit of Antiquity was lost. In Western Europe the centuries that followed the collapse of the Empire was marked by a decline in societal systems, in the economy, in philosophy and in the arts. Please produce an argument either in favor or against the following assertion: “By rediscovering the Ancient World, the Renaissance gave a new impetus to the people of Western and Central Europe; it was because of that ‘rediscovery’ of ancient philosophy, ancient art, and ancient aesthetics in general that the modern world was born.”


In writing your essay, please remember that it is not a research paper, so no bibliography and no citation of sources is needed. As an exercise it is meant to provide you with an opportunity to conceptualize the Renaissance Period. Express your views freely as there is no right or wrong view on the matter.

Please re-read and re-write your drafts as many times as possible. Your writing should be clear and exact. Each paragraph must include a main idea sentence and a supportive argument. Your essay must initially describe the subject in question, in this case the assertion above, and must conclude with your summarized view on the matter. Spelling matters. Grammar matters. Syntax matters. Cohesion of thought matters. Argumentation matters. Originality matters.

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