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Chapter 12, Lesson 2: The Italian Renaissance (pp. 316-323)

I. The Birthplace of the Renaissance

II. The Renaissance and Life

    A. Many Renaissance scholars were introduced to humanism, or concern for the classical arts, through Greek and Roman works that had been kept alive over the centuries by Arab and Byzantine scholars.

    B. Humanists focused on three ideas of the Greeks and Romans: individual worth, the value of public service, and the development of a variety of skills and talents.

III. The Flowering of Arts and Learning

    A. The new ideas about human potential stimulated great artistic and intellectual achievement across Europe.

    B. Classical ideas of literature influenced Renaissance writers.

    C. Architects looked to ideas from Greece and Rome for their inspiration, while artists learned how to depict subjects realistically.

IV. Wealth and the Renaissance

    A. The Renaissance began among the wealthy.

    B. Not everyone in the Italian city-states felt the influence of the Renaissance, and life for the average worker remained about the same.

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