Sunday, February 6, 2011

Timeline: Putting it all together (so far, and then some)

To help you understand what we've been reading/will read and talking about in a historical context, here is a timeline. Some dates are approximates, because we don't know exactly when some of the works were published.

c. 380 B.C. Plato, The Republic
1532 Machiavelli, The Prince
1590s Wu Ch'eng-en, Monkey (also known as Journey to the West)
1605 Cervantes, Don Quixote Part 1
1615 Cervantes, Don Quixote Part 2
1599-1601 Shakespeare, Hamlet

Some other things happening 1500-1600ish (mid-Renaissance into the Baroque period in classical music)

1503-19 Leonardo da Vinci paints Mona Lisa
1522 Magellan's ship circumnavigates world
1536-41 Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel
1543 Copernicus publishes On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, his theory that the earth revolves around the Sun; Andreas Vesalius publishes On the Fabric of the Human Body (considered the start of the "Scientific Revolution")
1558 Queen Elizabeth II's rule begins (until 1603)
1565 St. Augustine established by Spanish in Florida, 1st European town in what becomes United States
1587 Sir Walter Raleigh founds 1st English colony in North America in North Carolina
1590 Galileo Galilei experiments with falling objects
1610 Galileo sees moons of Jupiter through his telescope, confirms Copernicus
1619 First African slaves brought to Jamestown (est. 1606)
1620 Mayflower lands at Plymouth, bearing Pilgrims!
1630 Boston founded
1631 Taj Mahal begins to be built in India
1633 Spanish Inquisition forces Galileo to recant
1644 Descartes publishes Principles of Philosophy
1664 Isaac Newton experiments with gravity

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