Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?

The Black Death was a deadly outbreak of the plague that arrived in Europe in the mid 14th century. The Black death impacted Medieval society immensely, and the outlook of the people was changed permanently. In the words of Boccaccio in his Decameron that: "...practices contrary to the former habits of the citizens would hardly … Continue reading Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?

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Whether or not the Cyclopes in Homer’s Odyssey had a civilization & The impact of the ancient Greeks on western civilization.

In Homer’s Odyssey, Homer tells a story about a man named Odysseus. Odysseus went to the Trojan war and fought for ten years, then spent another ten years getting home. One particular event that Homer talks about is Odysseus’ encounter with the Cyclopes. The Cyclopes were one-eyed giants who basically lived off the land and … Continue reading Whether or not the Cyclopes in Homer’s Odyssey had a civilization & The impact of the ancient Greeks on western civilization.

Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece

The Minoan Civilization existed for many years, but we don’t know very much about it. In fact, we didn’t even know that it existed until Arthur Evans came around in 1899 and found that there once was an island wide civilization on the island of Crete. He called it the Minoan Civilization after the legendary … Continue reading Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece