Adventures in the Human Spirit

Philip E. Bishop  
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January 2013
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A historical survey of the western humanities in a single-volume text.


Adventures in the Human Spirit provides a balanced introduction to the major arts, philosophy, and religion. Appropriate for students with little background in the arts and humanities, this single-volume text approaches the humanities by focusing on principal events, styles, movements, and figures.  The seventh edition engages students with new chapter-opening spreads, a refreshed color palette, and a clear pedagogical structure.  


New author Margaret Manos maintains the late Philip E. Bishop’s approachability to understanding western humanities, bringing the past to life. The new edition continues to contain Bishop’s coverage of music, religion, literature, philosophy, and science.


MyArtsLab is an integral part of the Bishop program. Key learning applications include Closer Look tours, Art 21 and Studio Technique videos, and 360-degree architectural panoramas and simulations.


This text is available in a variety of formats – digital and print. Pearson offers its titles on the devices students love through Pearson’s MyLab products, CourseSmart, Amazon, and more. To learn more about our programs, pricing options and customization, click the Choices tab.


A better teaching and learning experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience—for you and your students. Here’s how:

  • Personalize Learning - MyArtsLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program. It helps students prepare for class and instructor gauge individual and class performance.
  • Improve Critical Thinking  -  Key Topics at the beginning of each chapter and critical thinking activities throughout help readers build critical thinking and study skills.
  • Engage Students - Global Perspectives and Key Concept boxesprovide a wonderful engaging student experience.
  • Support Instructors - Instructor resources make it easy to prepare for teaching your course.  You can create a Customized Text or use our Instructor’s Manual, Electronic “MyTest” Test Bank or PowerPoint Presentation Slides.



  • Single-volume — The most readable one-volume text overview of the humanities available.
  • Accessible — Written specifically for students with little or no background in the arts in a way that’s meant to build their understanding and give them an easier entry point into the many disciplines of the humanities.



  • MyArtsLab — MyArtsLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students in learning. It helps students better prepare for class, quizzes, and exams–resulting in better performance in the course. It provides educators a dynamic set of tools for gauging individual and class performance.
  • Artists at Work Videos - Art21 and Studio Technique videos present up-close looks at real-life artists at work. These engaging clips help students better understand a variety of techniques used by artists during different eras.
  • Closer Look — These interactive walkthroughs offer an in-depth look at key works of art. They feature expert audio, enable students to zoom in to see detail they couldn’t otherwise see–even in person.
  • Panoramas and Simulations - 360-degree architectural panoramas and simulations of major monuments help students understand buildings–inside and out.
  • Discovering Art Tutorials — These robust online tutorials help students explore the major elements and principles of art, art media, and art processes. The site offers opportunities to review key terminology, search a large gallery of images, watch videos, and more!
  • Pearson eText and Chapter Audio — Like the printed text, students can highlight relevant passages and add notes. The Pearson eText can be accessed through laptops, iPads, and tablets. Download the free Pearson eText app to use on tablets. Students can also listen to their text with the Audio eText.
  • Personalized Study Plan — Students’ personalized plans promote better critical thinking skills. The study plan organizes students’ study needs into sections, such as Remembering, Understanding, Applying, and Analyzing.
  • Assignment Calendar & Gradebook — A drag and drop assignment calendar makes assigning and completing work easy. The automatically graded assessment provides instant feedback and flows into the gradebook, which can be used in the MyLab or exported.
  • Class Preparation Tool — All of the very best class presentation resources can be found in one convenient destination, so instructors can keep students engaged throughout every class.
  • Blackboard Single Sign-on — MyArtsLab can be used by itself or linked to any course management system. Blackboard single sign-on provides deep linking to all New MyArtsLab resources.
  •  Customizable — MyArtsLab is customizable. Instructors choose what students’ course looks like. Homework, applications, and more can easily be turned off and off.



  • Thought Experiment box - This new feature prompts reflections on the ways in which a subject touches students’ lives.
  • Critical thinking activities — These activities help students make aesthetic and philosophical judgments, synthesize and compare topics, and discover the humanities’ rich connection to their own lives.
  • Key Questions — New to all chapters, these Key Questions address the major learning outcomes within each chapter and create clear guidelines to aid students in their studies.



  • Windows on Daily Life sections - Familiarize students with individuals' experiences and facets of daily life from different historical periods.
  • Readers are prompted to make connections between ideas in the text and their own lives through two boxed activities:
    • Global Perspectives boxes - Highlight connections between Western and global cultures and provide global context for developments in Western societies.
    • Key Concepts Boxes - Provide students with important definitions of abstract ideas in historical context and links to contemporary life.



  • Custom course material — Work with a dedicated Pearson Custom editor to create your ideal textbook and web material- publishing your own orginal content or mixing and matching Pearson content. Contact your Pearson representative to get started.
  • PowerPoints — New teaching with MyArtsLab PowerPoints allow instructors to display the very best interactive features from MyArtsLab in the classroom- quickly and easily.
  • Instructor’s Manual and Test Item File - Each chapter contains the following sections: Chapter Overview, Chapter Objectives, Key Terms, Lecture and Discussion Topics, Resources, and Writing Assignments and Projects. The test bank includes multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions. Available for download from the instructor support section at
  • MyTest - This flexible online test-generating software includes all questions found in the printed Test Item File. Instructors can quickly and easily create customized tests with MyTest at

New to this Edition

In this Section:
1) Overall changes

2) Chapter-by-Chapter changes


Overal Changes



  • New Author — After the passing of Philip E. Bishop, new author Margaret Manos has taken on the revisions of the seventh edition.
  • Enhanced coverage - Improved coverage of non-Western high points in the humanities, including ancient and modern Asia, Africa, and the Americas.


  • MyArtsLab links - More than 140 MyArtsLab links connect students to Pearson’s formidable on-line resources, and include closer looks at art objects, virtual tours of landmark architecture, historical documents, and extended primary sources.


  • Thought Experiment box - A new feature, Thought Experiment box, has been added throughout.
  • Thought Experiment questions - New Thought Experiment questions are listed in each chapter.
  • Learning Outcome Questions - New opening learning outcome questions create clear signposts for study.


  • Review Questions - New review questions for student self-evaluation and chapter review.
  • Timelines - New comprehensive timelines recap events in the chapter.
  • Detailed Map Program - A new and totally revised, comprehensive, detailed map program.
  • Color illustrations - More than 125 brand-new have been added.

Chapter-by-Chapter Changes

  • Chapter 1 has been revised to engage students right from the start, with special attention to the recent work of notable contemporary artists, such as Tara Donovan, Trisha Brown, Rachel Whiteread, and Marlene Dumas. 
  • Chapter 2 has expanded its coverage of ancient civilizations to include more on Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the ancient Americas. 
  • Chapter 15 has been completely reorganized and updated to include coverage of contemporary computer/video art, green architecture, postcolonial and feminist art, and globalism in art and architecture. Featured contemporary artists include Cindy Sherman, Maya Lin, Fred Wilson, Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker, Christian Marclay, and Takeshi Murata.

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents





Chapter 1: An Invitation to Adventure

Chapter 2: The Ancient World

Chapter 3: Ancient Greece

Chapter 4: Ancient Rome

Chapter 5: Monotheism: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Chapter 6: The Early Middle Ages

Chapter 7: The Late Middle Ages

Chapter 8: The Renaissance in Italy

Chapter 9: Reformation and Late Renaissance

Chapter 10: The Baroque

Chapter 11: The Enlightenment

Chapter 12: Revolution and Romanticism

Chapter 13: The Industrial Age

Chapter 14: Modernism

Chapter 15: The Contemporary Spirit




Chapter 1: An Invitation to Adventure

  Creating a Sense of Self

  The Visual Arts

  The Performing Arts

  The Literary Arts

  An Invitation to Adventure


Chapter 2: The Ancient World


  Ancient Egypt

  Ancient Asia

  Ancient America


Chapter 3: Ancient Greece

  Early Greece

  The Classical Period

  Classical Greek Art

  Greek Theater and Music

  Classical Greek Philosophy

  The Hellenistic Age


Chapter 4: Ancient Rome

  The Drama of Roman History

  The Art of an Empire

  Roman Art and Daily Life

  The Romans as Poets and Thinkers

Chapter 5: Monotheism: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

  The Judaic Tradition

  The Rise of Christianity

  Philosophy: Classical and Christian

  The Christian Empires: Rome and Byzantium

  Christianity and the Arts

  The Rise of Islam


Chapter 6: The Early Middle Ages

  The Age of Charlemagne

  Feudal Europe


  The Romanesque Style

  Early Medieval Music and Drama

  The Medieval Philosopher


Chapter 7: The Late Middle Ages

  The Gothic Awakening

  The Gothic Style

  Music and Theater in the Gothic Age

  The New Learning

  Court and City in the Late Middle Ages

  The Late Gothic


Chapter 8: The Renaissance in Italy

  The Renaissance Spirit in Italy

  The Arts in Early Renaissance Italy

  Renaissance Genius

  The High Renaissance in Rome


Chapter 9: Reformation and Late Renaissance

  The Reformation

  The Rise of Northern Europe

  Art and Humanism in Northern Europe

  The Elizabethan Age

  The Late Renaissance in Italy and Spain


Chapter 10: The Baroque

  The Baroque in Italy

  The Baroque in Spain

  The Baroque in France

  The Protestant Baroque

  The New Science

  The English Compromise


Chapter 11: The Enlightenment

  The Rococo Style

  The Enlightenment

  The Bourgeois Response

  Music in the Age of Enlightenment

  The Neoclassical Style

  The Age of Satire


Chapter 12: Revolution and Romanticism

  Revolutions and Rights

  The Romantic Hero

  Music and Dance in the Romantic Age

  Elements of Romanticism

Chapter 13: The Industrial Age

  Materialism and Progress

  Music and Modernity

  Late Romantics and Early Moderns

  The Dark Side of Progress

Chapter 14: Modernism

  A Turbulent Century

  Modernism in Art

  The Modern Mind

  Modernist Music and Architecture

  Art and Politics

  In the American Grain


Chapter 15: The Contemporary Spirit

  The Age of Anxiety

  Art and Architecture in Postwar America

  The Sixties

  The Postmodern

  Global Awareness