Western literature (Antiquity to Renaissance)
Discuss evidence of Socrates, Plato or Aristotle’s works in the art/literature of their day.
Discuss evidence of Greek/Roman architectural influence in a particular building from the Middle Ages or the Renaissance (St. Peter’s, Chartres Cathedral, etc.).
Explain how Platonic ideals are evidenced in a particular work of Michelangelo, Dante, etc.
Discuss the use of the conventions of Courtly love in Dante or a medieval romance (Marie de France, Chrétien de Troyes, etc.) or a visual representation from the Middle Ages.
Discuss the use and significance of linear perspective in an Italian painting (or sculpture, or building) from the Renaissance. Analyze how perspective signifies humanistic trends and/or makes philosophical or theological arguments in the work.
Discuss the purposes of a Gregorian chant or other “love” lyrics from the Middle Ages using a particular chant or text.
Explain St. Augustine’s interpretation of Pauline (St. Paul) love in the Confessions.
Analyze the Biblical symbolism of Chartres Cathedral (or Notre Dame, etc.) and its relationship to scholasticism.
Discuss aristocratic ideals (chivalry, noblesse oblige, etc.) in a particular medieval romance.
Discuss the relationship between love and wisdom in Hagia Sophia (or another Byzantine or Gothic structure).