During the last ten years our conception of the beginnings of Egyptian antiquity has profoundly altered. When Prof. Maspero published the first volume of his great Histoire Ancienne des Peuples des l'Orient Classique, in 1895, Egyptian history, properly so called, still began with the Pyramid-builders, Sne-feru, Khufu, and Khafra (Cheops and Chephren), and the legendary lists of earlier kings preserved at Abydos and Sakkara were still quoted as the only source of knowledge of the time before the IVth Dynasty.
The Metropolitan Museum takes delight in providing educational programs for the general public and especially for teachers and their students. We are pleased to offer this comprehensive resource, which contains texts, posters, slides, and other materials about outstanding works of Egyptian art from the MuseumÕs collection. The texts draw upon the truly impressive depth of knowledge of the curators in our Department of Egyptian Art, especially Dorothea Arnold, James Allen, Catharine H. Roehrig, and Marsha Hill....
The antiquity of Poetry The greatness of Poets Their influence on Civilization The true poet one of the rarest
of men The pre-eminence of Homer, Dante, Shakspeare, and Goethe Characteristics of Dante His precocity
His moral wisdom and great attainments His terrible scorn and his isolation State of society when Dante was
born His banishment Guelphs and Ghibellines Dante stimulated to his great task by an absorbing sentiment
Beatrice Dante's passion for Beatrice analyzed The worship of ideal qualities the foundation of lofty love The
mystery of love Its exalted realism Dedication of Dant...