Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.
Yep, that's the trouble with time lines. I remember how upset I was when I
learned about Byzantium, just before HS graduation. One Sunday there was a
beautiful mosaic depicted on the front of the order of worship at church,
and in the credits I saw the word "Byzantine" for the first time. I had no
idea what it meant, my teachers had never mentioned it, because it didn't
fit into their "Dark Ages to Renaissance" process. I felt desperately
uneducated and cheated (in the finest High School dramatic manner). It had
never made sense to me that the Renaissance had seemed to start so suddenly,
out of nothing, just "poof" there is was. Later, when I learned the role the
taking of Byzantium played in firing up the Renaissance, monks fleeing to
Florence smuggling out long-forgotten Greek books, fleeing Greek chefs
hiding in monasteries rather than face cooking with butter for the Ottomans,
all sorts of lights went on in my brain!
SAX has multicultural time line charts, and most bookstores have enormous
fold-out time lines that cover several cultures. They might help you scan
the period you're dealing with and include what was happening on the other
side of the world. ("in the meantime...somewhere in China...") That way,
other cultures won't appear to have been started by having been
Betty - also interested in ideas about the "shape" a semester should take.