Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed many elements of civilization

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed many elements of civilization, and you’ve  had opportunity to consider other elements as you read and study. This  week, we will look at the visual elements of a civilization, focusing on  the artwork from Greece, Byzantium, Kiev, and Medieval Europe.

Art  can tell us much about a civilization, from what it values, social  constraints, and even typical clothing, to its state and the peace or  prosperity of the region. Generally speaking, it is not until a  civilization moves out of survival mode, that people have the time and  energy to spend on decorations and visual representations of beauty.

From  the following list, pick two works of art to consider, each from a  different period, and compare/contrast their styles and depictions. Your  initial thread should have a clear thesis statement and should respond  to the following aspects:

Comparison/Contrast: What significant similarities/differences do you see between the two works?

Historical analysis: What can each piece tell you about the civilization that created it?

Biblical Evaluation: While not all art is  originally intended for the worship of the true God, how can we, as  Christians, view art from a Godly perspective? Consider I Cor. 10:31. How does this verse apply to viewing these works?

Early Greece


Medieval Europe

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Response posts should consider the thesis  statements of others, offer further analysis for the topic, and respond  to specific aspects of classmates’ threads. In addition to posting on  specific student threads, thoughtful responses to questions posed on  your thread (by either students or professor) count toward the required  minimum.

Your thread (within 300-400 words, essay format) is due  by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of Module/Week 5. Your 2 replies (minimum  100 words each) are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the same  module/week.

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