Time Traveling Art Historian

Final Project: Time Traveling Art Historian
Stephen Jeffery
HUM/205 World Culture and the Arts
April 11, 2010
Professor: William Adams

Hello, my name is Stephen Jeffery and I have had the great pleasure to travel back in time to visit a few periods in history and would like to share my experiences with you. The first period I visited was during the Egyptian Fourth Dynasty, particularly the period when the Great Pyramid was built for the pharaoh Cheops (KEE-pos) around 2530 B.C.E., (Benton & DiYanni, 2008). After that I went to visit the nations of the Islamic civilization whose writing styles or calligraphy is very beautiful and stylistic. The Islamic culture flourished between 570 and 1500 CE and is the second largest religion in the world, ( Campo, J. 2009). Finally I   traveled to Rome during the Italian renaissance to see the painting of The School of Athens by Raphael.
Egypt is busy and bustling during this period in time as the people are building The Great Pyramid for their pharaoh and divine ruler Cheops. Cheops is the second pharaoh of the fourth dynasty   of Egypt   and ruled a unified country along with his relatives and administrators. He is also the pharaoh the commissioned the building of The Great Pyramid, which is one of the   seven wonders of the world. Cheops was very busy as pharaoh, fighting campaigns in the Sinai, initiating building projects in Memphis, along with The Great Pyramid. His reign is detailed on the Westcar papyrus, (Bunson, M. 2002). The afterlife is a big deal to the Egyptians and The Great Pyramid is going to be the tomb from which Cheops ka or spirit will ascend to the heavens and join Re the sun god who is believed to be the father, (Rosalie, D. 2003). To the Egyptians the afterlife is the culmination of their life’s work. The pharaoh’s live for a good afterlife   and all of the people of the pharaoh’s dynasty live for and work towards that goal. Part of what makes this civilization and culture so great is the way...