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Lecture 2

MUSIC 140A Lecture 2: M140: Lecture 2 (9/28/16)

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Robert W Inter

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Romans (who conquered Greeks) were ambitious
South of Rome - spread civilization into what’s known as British isles now
Lasted 500 years
They let the people keep their religion, let them keep their ways - but still subordinate of Romans
Less likely to resist
476CE: Roman Empire got punctured for centuries by various groups from the east - Nomadic
Nomads: wildly moved around, the only way they know how to live is ravaging places
they visit (food, animals, etc.) and then moving on
Religions: polytheistic, pagan
Gods that were supposed to bring them military victories, power religion
Christianity: preached value of poverty
Not living poorly, but not requiring goods in your life
Book of Psalms
Accounts of Jesus Christ are all different, because they are written by humans
Religion builds a history
Christianity took off because Christ “IS” the savior, “THE” religion 2.5 billion out of 7 billion people
are Christian
Two versions: East (Byzantine Church, Istanbul (now Turkey)), West
Ottoman Empire most powerful entity in the world at one point, Constantinople
Tolerable religion, let people do what they do
Islam spread much like Christianity
Theology of peace, Muhammad is the true prophet of God
Basis of the Christian crusades
Old Testament: King David
Wise, had tiny empire with scattered tribes
Story that he wrote 100 Psalms
We need someone to be responsible for the Psalms..
All we can take away is that they sang with the accompaniment of instruments
Jewish faith is older than Christianity
Scrolls meant to have directions for living the good life - self-sufficient, complete
subscription to living life
Plato thought writing was not genuine
For economic reasons, for records
We study the arts to understand how we live
Necessity that goes beyond needs to live
Church: from Jewish practice, singing was a way to bring a common experience, bringing people
Church is place to worship glory of God
Notre Dame built over hundreds of years by thousands of people - peasants worked for very
minimal wages because it was to the glory of God
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