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Assalamallikum, We all have informational gaps in our education that should have been mentioned/covered in school. Here is a good example: The first art historian, in the modern sense, was Giorgio Vasari. He wrote the volumes "The Lives ..." in which he coined several words of modern usage: --rinascita --Rennaissance-- --concorronza -completion, which has a capitalist sense because artists competed for patronage --goth -became Gothic Architecture though Vasari meant it in a derogatory sense as goth=barbaric --Byzantine --as "eastern" Rome, which is named after an 8th Century BCC/BCE city on the site of what will become Constantinople Here is a good three page read for college students -which High Schoolers can use (like to impress their instructors)- on Byzantine Studies: --- http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199252466.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199252466-e-001 ------within this article is a reference to Tainter's "The Collapse of Complex Societies" . Reading his bio on Wiki is a start and a summation on his theses. plus: a word for describing Islamic (and other) art: tessellate -to form into a mosaic
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