History – What Does “The Renaissance” Mean?


When people speak of art, antiques or other cultural objects, they’ll often use the expression, “Renaissance Period.” You probably know what it means but it still might not be clear. (I like things clear.) The time period for the Renaissance was the 14th – 16th centuries, or 1500’s – 1700’s. It comes from the French word renaitre, meaning to be born again. Before the Renaissance, poetry, sculpture, plays, pottery, ornamentation and architecture from the non-Christian past was frowned upon because Rome and much of Europe had abandoned Paganism and adopted Christianity. With Christianity, it became an attribute to be free of worldly pleasures and seek enlightenment through service to others. The Renaissance was a revival of the art and culture of the ancient pleasure seekers and sometimes a rebellion against the restrictions of Christianity.

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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