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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION TO RENAISSANCE PERIOD1 DESIDERIUS ERASMUS2 Early life and education2 Carrier and chief centres of his activity3 Major works5 EDUCATIONAL REFORM7 The Muslim influence7 The secular influence7 Humanism8 Education in Reformation and Counter-Reformation10 Introduction to Renaissance Period This assignment is involved with events of high significance during renaissance such as the educational reform and the contribution of Erasmus to European civilisation Renaissance is called the period that followed immediately after the Middle Ages its etymology comes from the French word naissance birth combined with the prefix re- repetition thus it means rebirth it has been characterized by an interest in classical writings and virtues During the Renaissance period many events of high importance were held such as the exploration of new continents the supplanting of the Copernican system of astronomy for the Ptolemaic the fall of the feudal system and ecclesiastical hierarchy the expansion of commerce and the application of powerful innovations such as the papermaking process printing and gunpowder For the leaders of the European intellectual thought firstly it was a period of revision and consolidation of classical works and erudition after a long period of cultural inactivity and stagnation wwwbrittanicacombcomedarticle40571610924400html 23022001 After the decline of Constantinople in 1453 by the Ottomans many scholars emigrated to Europe bringing with them important books and manuscripts and the tradition of Greek scholarship Therefore through this event Humanism an intellectual movement expressing the spirit of the Renaissance achieved fruition and it was provided with a major boost It was a movement initiated by the secular intellectual society of that period First and foremost its dominant doctrine was the study of human nature Secondly it maintained the compatibility of the truth expressed in theological and philosophical systems a doctrine also known as syncretism Thirdly it gave emphasis on the dignity of man it tried to exert mastery over nature and to reform the medieval ideal of life through the provision of creativity Finally
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