The Early Renaissance Era 1400 – 1500: From Machiavelli to Michelangelo, from Copernicus to Columbus *NEW*

The Renaissance pulled Europe out of the Middle Ages into revolutions of art, humanist thinking and science. Artists such as Da Vinci and Michelangelo worked on their masterpieces and scientists such as Copernicus & Kepler devised new models for the cosmos. People’s relationships with their rulers also changed through the ideas of Machiavelli and Erasmus, while explorers such as Columbus changed people’s concept of the world itself. If you want to know whether the Renaissance was a revolution or an evolution, or want to ask this question, this is the class for you. Handouts and references will be provided each class. Instructor: Anatole Sykley



Start Date

September 24, 2019









8 Tuesdays, 3-5pm. Begins Sep. 24

Instructors: Anatole Sykley


Anatole Sykley

Anatole Sykley is an independent scholar and historian. He transitioned to his new career after a career in high tech and early internet technology companies in Cambridge and the Boston area finishing off in telecommunications. A graduate of La Trobe University with degrees in Physics, Applied Math and Computer Science. As an ongoing Harvard Extension School student, Anatole is working on his history qualifications. Anatole is a member of Organization of American Historians, World War I Historical Society, World War I Centennial Commission (Massachusetts). Anatole teaches history, focussed on World War I and the early 20th century era, but also has given courses and seminars on current affairs, Eastern European history, Medieval History as well as selected topics in the History of Science, in Computers and Cryptography, at several Adult Education programs in the Cambridge, Boston, Brookline area, as well as organizing custom seminars for reading groups, local libraries and senior centers all over Eastern Massachusetts. Anatole has also led tours of World War I battlefields in France and Belgium, as well as given history tours of Boston. Anatole also supplements his career by teaching ESL courses at local education programs.