Library Assignment for Gen Ed 110 (World Civilizations)

Step 1

You will sign up to do a research paper on one of the following people who lived before 1500 (or during the Italian Renaissance). Choose several names you are interested in doing ahead of time, because although you will research only one, only one student may sign up for each person, and your favorite may already be taken by the time the sign-up sheet gets to you (one way to get your favorite is to sit in the front of the room, where the sheet starts). After class, the sheet will be posted on the door of Mr. Brians' office (Avery 339) for further sign-ups. To find out a little about these people, try looking them up in the index of your textbook or in a general encyclopedia. Also check Reading About the World. There you will find much that you need to know about most of the writers and philosophers listed here.

If you cannot find your person under the first name given, try alternatives given in parentheses. Note that early European names are often alphabetized under given name; so, for instance, you will find Leonardo da Vinci under "Leonardo," not "da Vinci."

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Abbas I, Safavid shah

Catherine of Aragon (Queen)

Leo X (pope)

Abelard, Peter (theologian and lover)

Cato the Elder

Li Bo (Li Po)

Abu Bakr, caliph

Chandragupta Maurya (I) (c. 321-c.298)

Machaut, Guillaume de (composer)

Agrippa, Marcus Vipsanius(statesman,




Charles V, Emperor

Mansa Musa, king of Mali

Agrippina II

Charles Martel (warrior)

Marcus Aurelius (as writer)

Akhnaton(Amenhotep IV, pharoah)

Chaucer, Geoffrey

Marguerite de Navarre (queen, writer)

Alaric, Visigothic king

Chrétien de Troyes (writer)

Marie de France (writer)

Alberti, Leon Battista (Leone)

Cicero, Marcus Tullius

Medici, Cosimo de'

Alcibiades (statesman)

Cid, El (Cid) (Spanish warrior; study

Medici, Lorenzo de'

Alcuin of York (writer, scholar)

   legend vs. reality)

Michelangelo Buonaroti

Alexander the Great of Macedon

Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt

Minamoto, Yoritomo

Alexius I Comnenus (Emperor)

Columbus, Christopher

Mithridates VI, the Great (vs. Rome)

Ali, Sunni (Sonni, African king)


Mo-tzu (Mozi, philosopher)

Alfonso X, "the Wise" (King of Castile,

Constantine, Roman emperor (the Great)

Montezuma (Moctezuma Xocoyotzin)

   scholar, music)

Cortés, Hernan

More, Thomas, Sir (Saint, writer)

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

Cyrus, Persian King (the Great)

Murasaki Shikibu, Lady

Dante Alighieri


Anthony of Egypt, Saint

Darius I


Antiochus IV Epiphanes (vs. Maccabees)

Des Prez, Josquin (composer)

Philip IV (the Fair) French king

Aquinas, Saint Thomas

Du Fu (Tu Fu)

Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni

Archimedes of Syracuse

Eleanor of Aquitaine (queen)



Francis of Assisi, Saint

Polo, Marco


Frederick I "Barbarossa," (emperor)

Ptolemy of Alexandria, Claudius

Asoka (Ashoka)

Galileo Galilei

   (scientist, geographer)

Attila the Hun, warrior

Genghis Khan

Ramses II, pharaoh

Augustine of Hippo, Saint

Gregory I (pope)

Richard I ("The Lionhearted") of England

Augustus (Octavian)

Gutenberg, Johannes

Richard III (England) (legend vs. reality)

Averroës (orig. Ibn Rushd)



Babur (Babar)

Harun al-Rashid (Abbasid caliph, legend

Sappho of Lesbos (woman writer)

Baldwin I of Bouillon, King of Jerusalem

   vs. reality)

Sei Shonagon (woman writer)

Bar Kochba (Kosiba, Simon, Jewish rebel

Henry the Navigator (exploration)

Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, the Younger

Becket, Thomas à, Archbishop of

Henry V, English king



Herod (the Great, 37-4 BCE, King)


Benedict of Nursia (Saint Benedict)


Sundiata (Son-Jara, Sunjata, African king)

Bernard of Clairvaux

Ibn Battuta (Batuta)


Boccaccio, Giovanni (scholar, writer)

Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

Urban II, Pope (and the 1st Crusade)

Boleyn, Anne, Queen of England

Isabella of Castile (Isabel I, Spanish

Vinci, Leonardo da

Borgia, Cesare


Virgil (writer)

Borgia, Lucrezia (Cesare's sister, study

Joan of Arc

William the Conqueror (Duke of

   legend vs. reality)

Julian "the Apostate" (Emperor)


Caesar, Julius

Julian of Norwich (mystic, writer)

Wu Zhao, Empress (Wu Chao, Wuzhao)

Caligula, Gaius Emperor


Zenghe (Cheng Ho, Zheng He)

Catherine de Medicis (period after 1560, connection with art is interesting)

Khubilai Khan

Lao-tzu, Lao Zi