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    Interesting, I know many works of the period reflect religious thought but I prefer to enjoy the works for their skill and mastery of each discipline. That's where my education begins and ends. The translation of ancient Greek texts might have played a part in kicking it all off but I have no interest in religion or the practice of it or even as it relates to the artisans of the period. I prefer to view the art and architecture of the period strictly through the lens of the workman. I enjoy observing how the system evolved with patrons and their charges. How the skill level was raised by competition among artisans. Reminds me of how the British invasion touched off a competition of sorts to improve upon the music and ties to societal woes in the sixties and how that one-upsmanship led to greater and greater skill and literally moved the culture along. To me, The Greek period is separate and apart from what happened in Rome etc. As an atheist, the religious aspects of art are merely secondary to the techniques and skills employed in Rome, Venice, Florence, Padua etc. I choose to view the period in that narrow sense.

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    Of interest - The refinding of the Hermetica added if indeed it did not actually light the fire under the renaissance -

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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hermetica-L.../dp/158542692X

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    The Corpus Hermeticum & Hermetic Tradition -- The Gnostic Society Library
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    Quote Originally Posted by namvet69 View Post
    Interesting, I know many works of the period reflect religious thought but I prefer to enjoy the works for their skill and mastery of each discipline. That's where my education begins and ends. The translation of ancient Greek texts might have played a part in kicking it all off but I have no interest in religion or the practice of it or even as it relates to the artisans of the period. I prefer to view the art and architecture of the period strictly through the lens of the workman. I enjoy observing how the system evolved with patrons and their charges. How the skill level was raised by competition among artisans. Reminds me of how the British invasion touched off a competition of sorts to improve upon the music and ties to societal woes in the sixties and how that one-upsmanship led to greater and greater skill and literally moved the culture along. To me, The Greek period is separate and apart from what happened in Rome etc. As an atheist, the religious aspects of art are merely secondary to the techniques and skills employed in Rome, Venice, Florence, Padua etc. I choose to view the period in that narrow sense.
    It isn't religion, which is the point --- the point is free thought - the Freke and Gandy book is worth having and the part the Hermetica has played in all of the enlightenment's is worth noting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegoricalfact View Post
    It isn't religion, which is the point --- the point is free thought - the Freke and Gandy book is worth having and the part the Hermetica has played in all of the enlightenment's is worth noting.
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    Colonial America. Overly dramatic painting of Franklin, the kite and key.

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    Definitely the 1960s. Did I mention that already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    The present. Right this very minute.
    You're drawn to the present?! What era are you originally from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris View Post
    You're drawn to the present?! What era are you originally from?
    Dan Quayle: You have to understand, I haven't lived in this century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARMCX1 View Post
    Colonial America. Overly dramatic painting of Franklin, the kite and key.

    "Overly dramatic"?!?? I'd say you're a master of understatement.....

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