The Latter Renaissance (1500 – 1650): From The Sistine Chapel to Shakespeare *NEW*

The 16th and early 17th centuries ushered in a world that we, 500 years later, came to recognize as “modern.” Politics and religion intersected with science and culture to produce beautiful art and literature in Europe, while the rest of the world experienced the European style of colonial empires. From figures such as Galileo, who revolutionized the view of the universe, to Monteverdi, who revolutionized music, to King Henry VIII, who revolutionized Church-State relations, we can trace the beginnings of the modern world. Maps, references, and handouts will be provided. Instructor: Anatole Sykley



Start Date

January 14, 2020









8 Tuesdays, 3-5pm. Begins Jan. 14

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.