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Marco Polo and the Silk Road

The reopening of the Silk Road help spark the Renaissance by connecting Eastern Europe and Asia by trade. In the text, it states, “ As their curiosity grew, people began demand goods from Asia. Trade between Asia and Europe increased” (Holt 300). Among these traders was a guy called Marco Polo. Marco Polo brought back paper money back from China to Europe from one of his journeys. Marco had a writer record his journeys. At first, the people didn't believe him, but the they soon got curious about Asia and started to demand goods from them.

Marco Polo Silk Road Route
Marco Polo
Traveling on the Silk Road

Italian Trade Cites (Florence)

Medici Family

Top Left: Students attending Florence Carlton School. Top Right: Art portrait of Late 15th-Centary Florence. Bottom Left: An architecture of Ponte Vecchio. Bottom Right: Bankers banking.

Rediscovering the Past (Greek and Roman)

The Greek and Roman classical ideas helped shaped the development of the Renaissance by writing and art. In the text it states, "This interest had been caused by the rediscovery of many ancient writings that Europeans thought been lost" (Document 3). The ideas of the art and writing cause the Europeans to make their similar to both of them. The artist from the Renaissance art is to show the importance of the people and nature, not just religious ideas. Therefore, the ideas of the writing and art helped shaped the Renaissance by renewal of a Classical Culture.

Greek Sculpture of Lacoon and his sons.

Roman Sculpture of Museo Pio Christiano.

Greek Art of Achilles and Penthesella on the Plain of Troy.

Roman Art of Pair of Centaurs Fighting Cats of Prey.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant man who could do just anything. Although he was famous for many things, he loved engineering. Leonardo was famous for his "mirror writing" skill. Since he's a left-hand, he writes from right to left. Leonardo invented many things such as Warefare, Flying Machines, designs, etc. Even though he drew and drew, his designs were too costly to make. Therefore, although he didn't build them, his designs were very popular and famous.

Some drawings of Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci


The Renaissance Sculptor: Michelangelo

Paper and Printing (Johann Gutenberg)

Top Left: Printing of paper. Top Right: The letters used in the moveable is arranged to make a paper. Bottom: Workers copying and pasting.

The moveable printing press, helped impact the people to stop copying/drawing everything by hand instead of just doing it once and reprinting the letters. In the old days, they would skin animals to write the letters. They would wait for days and for it to dry. Johann Gutenberg discovered the moveable printing press that makes it faster to have copies of papers.

Renaissance Writing (William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare's writing reflect the ideas of humanism by the poems and plays. He also invented many common phrases and words such as "fair play" and "lonely". In the text it states, "Shakespeare was such an important writer that he even influenced the English language. In fact, Shakespeare is probably responsible for more than 2,000 English words"(Holt 317). The citation explains that Shakespeare influenced the English language so much that he even created words. William Shakespeare's writing attracted so many people because he wrote many comedies, tragedies, and histories and comparing the people you the actors. In the text it's states, "Ever since, people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and his understanding of humanity"(Holt 316). The citation states that the stories that he wrote were so understanding about us that people loved it so much. Therefore, William Shakespeare's writing and plays affect the ideas of humanism and people by comparing them to the actors of the plays.


Some famous works by William Shakespeare.

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