Lecture 5 - Plague (III): Illustrations and Conclusions
recorded by: Yale University
published: Aug. 19, 2014, recorded: January 2010, views: 1375
released under terms of: Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives (CC-BY-ND)
Download yalehist234s2010_snowden_lec05_01.mp4 (Video - generic video source 496.8 MB)
Download yalehist234s2010_snowden_lec05_01_640x360_h264.mp4 (Video 132.2 MB)
Download subtitles: TT/XML, RT, SRT
Report a problem or upload filesIf you have found a problem with this lecture or would like to send us extra material, articles, exercises, etc., please use our ticket system to describe your request and upload the data.
Enter your e-mail into the 'Cc' field, and we will keep you updated with your request's status.
One of the major cultural consequences of the second plague pandemic was its effect on attitudes towards death and the "art of dying." As a result both of its extreme virulence and the strictness of the measures imposed to combat it, plague significantly disrupted traditional customs of dealing with death. This disruption made itself felt not only in religious belief and burial practices but also in art, architecture and literature. European culture was profoundly shaped by the experience of the plague, as witnessed by the advent of symbols such as "vanitas" and the danse macabre in iconography, as well as the visual representations associated with the new cults of plague saints. The successful containment of the plague might be seen to have exercised a similarly powerful effect in shaping the philosophical project of the Enlightenment, in that the measures taken to ward off death gave material substance to theoretical claims of progress.
Link this pageWould you like to put a link to this lecture on your homepage?
Go ahead! Copy the HTML snippet !
Write your own review or comment: