"There will follow a better age. This sleep of forgetfulness will not last for ever. When the darkness has been dispersed, our descendants can come again in the former pure radiance.”



Petrarch 1343

Petrarch

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Protagoras

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Starting in Florence in the 14th century, a new era began to emerge in the west. People like Petrarch, who re-discovered Cicero’s lost letters, and the new humanists - who valued the study of classical antiquity - ushered in a rebirth, or as it was called in French a “renaissance" - in the arts, the sciences, philosophy, theatre, and they rediscovered what it meant to be human. Their interests were not only about how to get to heaven but how to live today. It was the beginning of a new age of humanist thought and discovery. It saw the decline of the feudal system, the growth of commerce, the invention or application of such potentially powerful innovations as paper, printing, the compass, and gunpowder.

Perhaps they agreed with the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras, who said...

"Man is the measure of all things.”