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This page lists the textbooks and links for this course.  Some of the required books must be purchased, and will be available about one month in advance of the course's beginning.  Other required textbooks are ONLINE--you cannot find them anywhere except on the Web.  Links to them are below.  In addition, there are other links below that may be helpful.  


NOTE: If the IHCC Bookstore has run out of a book that it had ordered for the course, you may place an order with the Bookstore if you'd like to purchase from the Bookstore. This ensures that the Bookstore can get what you need as quickly as possible, hopefully withn a few days. While placing an order through the Bookstore's website is the most efficient way for you to get your book quickly, you can also fill out order forms in the store.


  • (1) Required: Jewell, Experiencing the Humanities free online on the Web. (NOTE: You don't have to buy it!  It's free online -- just click on the underlined link!)

  • (2) Required: Internet email account and access to the course Web site (start at http://RichardJewell.org and, in the left column, find "Hum 1110 Website" and click on it.

  • (3) Required--Choose "Set A," "Set B," or Set C at the bookstore as follows (but do not buy two or three different sets!):

(The following table also is shown in "How To Do Homework.")

Please buy only one set from these three sets of books.  (Three choices are provided to help match the cost and the level of reading matter you would prefer.  The same periods of history are covered in all three sets.)

NOTE: You may buy old, used editions of the textbooks, if you want! Often the older editions are much cheaper, and the contents aren't that much different. Feel free to compare prices online with what we do and do not have in our own IHCC Bookstore.

Also, if you wait until the last minute to buy your textbook at the IHCC Bookstore, it might be gone. The Bookstore cannot order all three options for everyone, so some options might sell out before others do.

It is much, much less expensive to buy some of these at Amazon.com or a similar online site. But you'll need to order them 2-3 wks. ahead of time! The book by Lamm is ONLY available in used form.  Several copies will be available at the IHCC Bookstore.  It also can be found at Amazon.com and similar online booksellers.

Companies with new, used, and\or rental books:



Or use search phrase "used books online" or "rent textbooks online" for other options.  If you have recommendations of high quality dealers, let me know.


Here's more about what to buy. Buy JUST Set A OR Set B OR Set C -- not all three!

Set A of Textbooks to Buy (Small Fiero, big Lamm)

(1) Lamm, The Humanities in Western Culture, Volume I, (thick book), 10th edition (or 8th or 9th ed.).
     (Not available new.  Buy it used online--often lower priced. The IHCC Bookstore may have a few used copies.) 
Note: Do NOT get the "Brief" Version--only get "Volume I."

(2) Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, Book 3, 8th ed. (or 4th-7th editions), (slender, smaller Fiero book)

(New: $50+ from IH Bookstore.  Buy it used in IH Bookstore or online: price often is much lower.)

(1) In the past, this is the set of books that perhaps half of the class purchased.  That is because the Lamm book is not just good but also the easiest and, for many people, the most fun to read.  Unfortunately, The Lamm book has gone out of print, and the only copies that exist, now, are used ones.  The IHCC Bookstore will have several used copies.  Otherwise, if you want this one, you'll have to buy it used online. Otherwise, you'll have to choose "Set B" or "Set C," below. 

(2) If you do buy the Lamm, then also get the small Fiero book listed above.  This is because Lamm does not cover the renaissance in the last few weeks of class. For this reason, you need to buy the additional slender, small Fiero book that is just about the renaissance. (Please note that the Fiero book listed in this "Set A" section is thin and is called "Book 3"!)  (You may buy any edition of the small Fiero from the 4th to the newest, new or used.)  If you order the Lamm book online, then you will need to order this slender Fiero "Book 3" online, as well, or get it from the IHCC Bookstore.

HOW TO BUY FROM AMAZON: Go to www.amazon.com and type in the full name of the book and the author.  When you find the book, click on whether you want new or used.  There is a $4 postage charge for either, unless you buy it as a "super saver" item--usually a bit more expensive.  You do not have to be a member of Amazon to buy. 


"Set B" of Textbooks to Buy (Small Fiero, big Witt)

(1) Witt et al., The Humanities, Volume I, 7th edition (or 6th ed.)
(New: $148+ from IH Bookstore.  Used and new online: may be much lower.)

     Note: Do NOT get "Vol. II"; just get "Volume I."
(2) Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, Book 3, 7th ed. (or 4th, 5th, or 6th), (slender, smaller Fiero book)
     (New: $50+ from IH Bookstore. Buy it used online: often much lower.)

(1) The Witt has the advantage of being easy to read and is still being published, so it is available in the IHCC Bookstore as a new book.  However, it can be expensive.  You also can buy used versions of it online.  Either the new 7th edition or the older 6th edition should be okay.  You can find new copies of this book in the IHCC Bookstore until it runs out.

(2) If you do buy the Witt book, then also get the small, slender Fiero book listed above.  This is because Witt does not cover the renaissance in the last three weeks of class.  For this reason, you need to buy the additional slender Fiero book, above, that is just about the renaissance. (Please note that this Fiero book listed in this "Set B" section is thin and is called "Book 3"!)  (You may buy any edition of the small Fiero from the 4th to the newest, new or used.)  If you order the Witt book online, then you will need to order this slender Fiero "Book 3" online, as well, or get it from the IHCC Bookstore.

HOW TO BUY FROM AMAZON: Go to www.amazon.com and type in the full name of the book and the author.  When you find the book, click on whether you want new or used.  There is a $4 postage charge unless you buy it as a "super saver" item--usually a bit more expensive.  You do not have to be a member of Amazon to buy. 

OR "Set C" of Textbooks to Buy

Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition, Volume I, 8th edition (or 4th-7th), (thick, big book--Just buy this one book, not two Fiero books.)

(New: $160+(?) from IH Bookstore; but if used online, often much lower)

Note: Do NOT get a "brief" version; do NOT get "Vol. II"; get "Volume I."

This is an alternative to Lamm and Witt.  It, too, is expensive when new.  However, it requires purchase of only one book (not two, like in "Set A" and "Set B" above), so if you are buying new, this single, thick Fiero book would be about $50 cheaper, or more, than buying "Set B," above, as new books.  You should know that some people dislike this Fiero book because it has the hardest, highest reading level--perhaps junior or senior college level. As a result, many students find it harder to understand.  However, if a slightly harder reading level doesn't bother you--or you're up for a challenge--then this book is, in many ways, more rewarding than Lamm and Witt--richer in detail, deeper in thought, and wider in coverage of Humanities subjects. 

*Please note: This Fiero book is a completely different and much thicker book than the slender Fiero book described in Sets "A" and "B" above.  This thicker, bigger Fiero book, here in "Set C," is called "Volume I."  You may buy the newest edition (8th ed.) of Fiero; however, if you prefer a used copy, the older 4th-7th editions of Fiero are fine for this class, too.  You can find this thick, big Fiero book in the IHCC Bookstore until it runs out, or buy used copies online.

HOW TO BUY FROM AMAZON: Go to www.amazon.com and type in the full name of the book and the author.  When you find the book, click on whether you want new or used.  There is a $4 postage charge unless you buy it as a "super saver" item--usually a bit more expensive.  You do not have to be a member of Amazon to buy. 

*Please note:
The Fiero books in the IHCC Bookstore may be both the 6th and the very new 7th edition.  If you happen to buy  the 5th or 4th editions as used books, there are some differences in the chapter numbers.  However, the weekly assignments in the "Schedule" show the correct chapters for the 4th-6th editions and allow for differences among editions. 

  • (4) Optional: a grammar handbook, if you don't have one.  Either buy one at the Inver Hills bookstore, or access and use the online grammar handbook that I have developed: find it at www.OnlineGrammar.org. (Some links may not work: I haven't edited it for seven or eight years.)   

  • (5) Optional: Jewell, WritingforCollege.org, an online composition textbook: just click on its name here.                            

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  • Required--Email: (1) Please use the email address you gave IHCC when you registered, or send me the email address you want me to use. Please check your school email at least once per week--more to be aware of updates for this course. (2) If you wish, you are welcome to give me two email addresses and have me use both of them to send you emails about this class.

  • Required-- Experiencing the Humanities: This is one of our main textbooks.  It is required.  It also is fully online (and only online--you cannot buy it or find it in the bookstore or library).   It is arranged by humanities subjects (e.g., "History," "Philosophy," "Art," etc.).  You'll be reading one or two chapters per week.  ( One of the reasons I have placed it on the Web is so that you can save money.  Similar textbooks can cost $20-40, but this textbook is free.)

  • Required--http://WritingforCollege.org:  This is a fully-online, complete composition textbook you'll need for completing the final term paper. It is a textbook I have written and placed on the Web.  (One of the reasons I have placed it on the Web is so that you can save money.  Similar textbooks can cost up to hundreds of dollars, but this textbook is free.)

  • Required--Online Discussion Boards on D2L. To get to it, click on "D2L" on the navigation bar at the top of every page in this website.

  • Very Helpful--"Links to the Humanities": a collection of hundreds of links leading to thousands more, all on humanities subjects.  These links may help you find materials for your assigned "Practice Activities" and resources for your final project.

  • Very Helpful for Final Project: NoodleTools Online Bibliography Maker, an automated Web bibliography-entry maker.  I have a subscription to use it in my classes.  It is free for you to use.  You simply type in the author's names, titles, publisher, etc., and it will create a perfect bibliography entry (in MLA or APA) for you.  Correct bibliography entries will be required in your final papers.  Just click here on NoodleTools to start.

  • Helpful--Online Grammar Handbook, an alternative grammar handbook that lists grammar links.  This may be useful to you as you write your final term paper.  You also can find a link to this grammar handbook in CollegeWriting.info.  (Other online grammar books with actual lessons in them that you may want to try include Elements of Style by Strunk, Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization by Mary McCaskill (NASA), and the Purdue University Writing Center grammar guides.)   

  • Helpful--"Find in a Library": You can go to Google or Yahoo to find your choice of books in a library.  Follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to www.Google.com or www.Yahoo.com.

  2. Use its search engine as normal, except start with "find in a library."  For example, if you were trying to find Shakepeare's Hamlet this way, you would type into the search engine box
                  find in a library hamlet shakespeare

  3. Then when the book name comes up, click on "Find a Library."

  4. And then, in the new window, add your zip code.  You'll get a list of libraries having your book (including the Inver Hills Community College Library).  More details are available at http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/open/about.htm

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Medieval Fair
: Usually on a Sunday in late September, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., www.caponiartpark.org/programs/medievalfair
Description from website: Need a break from the 21st century? Come to the annual Medieval Fair! Discover what it was like to live during the Middle Ages in the wooded setting of Caponi Art Park. Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Barony of Nordskogen chapter bring you the Middle Ages as they should have been: without the strife and pestilence! Authentic pavilions will be on display in a Medieval Village as SCA members in period dress present educational demonstrations and activities. Look forward to rapier and armored combat, music, weaponry and armorers, storytelling bards, jugglers, cooking, period games, heraldry, glass bead making, and other arts and skills. We'll also have a lace making demonstration, spinning, fire starting, crossbows, a book display, and childrens coloring activity. Coin making and pewter casting demos have been added this year. Admission to this program is free, with a $5 per person suggested donation. Event will go on rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather or heavy rain.
Caponi Art Park || 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan, MN 55123 || 651.454.9412



The Library has some great books on Humanities subjects, both for checking out and in the references section near the front, with other references such as dictionaries and encyclopedias.  (You are welcome to use these as sources for your final project, as well.)  Here is a beginning list:    

  • A Day in a Medieval City by Chiara Frugoni, 177 pp. with additional notes, a bibliography, and an index.  Richly illustrated with many color pictures and art reproductions. 

  • Atlas of the Medieval World by Rosamond McKitterick, 287 pp. plus a glossary, bibliography, and index.  A large, coffee-table book with many beautiful color illustrations and an easy-to-use table of contents showing clear subject titles for over 70 different subjects, each described in just a few pages.

  • Early Medieval Designs from Britain for Artists and Craftspeople by Eva Wilson.  407 illustrations.  This is an arts/crafts book filled with different designs you can copy and use for a Practice Activity that is an art or craft project.

I also have several books that you may be interested in. If you want to borrow any of these, let me know ahead of time, and I'll place it on reserve at the Library so that you can check it out from there.

In addition, I will try to place the main textbooks--Fiero, Lamm, and Witt--on short reserve in the Library in case you lose yours or have not yet received it.  You also are welcome to use these to change textbooks in any week you want.

  • The three main textbooks--Lamm, Fiero (the larger one), and Witt should be on short reserve (3 hrs. to a day).

Other books I can place on reserve if you give me several days' notice:

  • Egyptian Book of the Dead, a well and colorfully illustrated coffee-table book (hardbound, larger size).

  • Encyclopedia of Mythology, a large, thick coffee-table book with many beautiful color illustrations.

  • Gilgamesh, a new, easy-to-understand, flowing translation of the world's oldest written epic.

  • Love in the Ancient World, a well and colorfully illustrated coffee-table book (hardbound, larger size).

  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology, a more compact large paperbound book.

  • Women's Life in Greece and Rome, with lots of explanations and excerpts from ancient manuscripts (no ill.)



(1) Board Game--Make Up Your Own: You may purchase the board game called "Make a Game" by game publisher Winning Moves Games.  Then, following the generic directions, make up a board game directly related to the time periods and subject matter of this course having to do with Western (not Eastern) civilization.  You can look at a copy of the pieces of the game and then purchase new or used copies of it for as little as $12 from www.Amazon.com.  Type in the name "Make a Game" and "Winning Moves."  If you have any questions about this game, ask me, as I have a copy.

(2) Video Game: You may purchase and play the video game "Civilization" using, as much as possible, the time periods and geographic areas (Western Civilization, not Eastern) of this course.  A Dec. 17, 2005 review on p. E8 of the Star Tribune calls the game "the best...to be released on the PC this year.  Period."  It is available for as low as $30.00 used at www.Amazon.com.  Type in the name "Civilization IV" and "2K Games."  I don't have a copy of this and have not played it, but I have seen a much older board-game version of it.  Here are more details about this game:


**** out of 4 stars.  Publisher: 2K Games System: PC.  Price: $49.99.  Rating: Everyone 10+; violence


"You choose a political leader of any country and begin a takeover of the world that spans Earth's history....  The enjoyment comes from picking non-military leaders such as Gandhi and trying to create utopia through culture rather than raw military might.  What makes "Civilization IV" so remarkable is how intuitive its game play is.  All of the aspects feel natural, politically and culturally.  The system of declaring war on other countries vs. the system of brokering peace treaties and trade policies is superb, giving gamers loads of options on how to build a country's might.  Improved 3-D graphics and a well balanced historical narrative compel you to play for hours.  If there is a drawback, it's that beginners will probably feel overwhelmed by the game and might be scared away when success isn't achieved right away.  But there's so much depth to the game that you'll just have to trust that it's worth your time.  Don't hesitate, PC owners; make the move and become engrossed in this game.  It will have you playing until the sun rises."  --Chris Campbell



See http://www.boredpanda.com/worlds-most-creative-statues-sculptures/ for some fascinating modern sculptures. (I know they're modern, but sculpture is an important part of study of the Humanities, so you can earn extra credit by looking at these and writing about them.

Be sure to see the hundreds and even thousands of website options at our course's sister website, "Links to the Humanities."



Shakespeare: Any play by Shakespeare turned into a movie.  Google "shakespeare movies" or "shakespeare dvd."  If you're relatively inexperienced with Shakespeare, some very popular and well done basic Shakespeare movies are Franco Zeferelli's Romeo and Juliet (tragedy, love story) with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, and Hamlet (tragedy) with Mel Gibson.  Others include Much Ado about Nothing with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson (comedy),

Greek plays: Any play by Greek playwrights Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes or other Greek playwrights is good.  Two not-bad movies with which to start are the Italian 1960s version of Sophocles' Oedipus the King directed by Pasolini, and perhaps almost any version of Aristophanes' sex-vs.-war comedy Lysistrata.

Historical documentaries:  Channels such as the History Channel on TV have a number of historical documentaries that are worth watching and sometimes quite interesting.  Some of these also appear in the "documentaries" section of video stores.

Historical documentary on the Medici: The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, almost 4 hrs. Highly recommended by a former Hum 1110 student as "extremely interesting": https://youtu.be/GOAVRcI6mFU



The following three Mark Steel Lectures on Geoffrey Chaucer are entertaining and interesting, and give you a good idea of the late medieval transition into the early renaissance period.  Chaucer is one of the greatest writers in English ever to live, and he's best known for his famously interesting and ribald Canterbury Tales:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBAOlkA8-j8 (part 1)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N07qxDAtpNs&feature=relmfu (part 2)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSWUwGJ32bs&feature=relmfu (3)

Historical Dramas, Movies, DVDs: Any fictionalized account that with reasonable accuracy reflects the times is acceptable, as long as the time period and place it reflects is from ancient through renaissance times in Europe, the Near East, and North Coastal Africa (the areas of the "Western" humanities).  For example, 

Agony and Ecstasy, **-***.  Charleton Heston, 1965.  Fictionalized biography of great Italian renaissance artist and designer Michelangelo.

Alexander, **-***.  Fictionalized biography of Alexander the Great, pupil of Aristotle and one of the greatest generals and conquerers ever, who spread Greek culture and civilization from Egypt and Rome to the borders of India.  Two fictionalized biographies exist, both good but not great.  One stars Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie (3:30 in length); the other is a shorter History Channel movie. 

Ben Hur.  Charleton Heston.  ***-****.  Older movie similar in some ways to Gladiator and Spartacus

Braveheart.  Fictionalized biography, ***.  Mel Gibson.  About the famous 13th-cent. Scottish rebel who fought England almost to a standstill.

Gladiator.  Fiction, ***-****.  Russell Crow, Joaquin Phoenix.  Good yarn about a general sold into slavery who becomes a gladiator and beats the vile emperor.  (See also Spartacus.)

The Robe.  Fiction, ***-****. Richard Burton, 1953. An historical drama that follows Jesus' red robe through a Roman, a Christian, and a Greek slave.

Shakespeare in Love. Fiction, ***.  Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow.  Atmospheric and charming fantasy about the making of Romeo and Juliet.

Spartacus, Fiction, 1960, 210 min., ****.  Kirk Douglas & Sir Lawrence Olivier.  About a slave/gladiator who leads a rebellion in Rome--sort of an early version and slightly different story as Gladiator.


Here are some books and movies from another class I used to teach, Mythic Stories (Eng 2235), that may be helpful to you for your final term paper, possibly, or perhaps for make-up or extra credit: click here.  If you choose to use these, please remember that you must pick only those resources that stay within our time period--ancient civilization through the renaissance (i.e., not after 1500 A.D.)--and our geographical area--Western civilization, which means the Middle East, northern Africa, and Europe (no East or Southeast Asia or the Americas).

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How To Use This Page: Read the list of required sources first; then look over the non-required ones that will be extremely useful for extra credit, working on your term paper, etc.  Please note: one of the required books,  Experiencing the Humanities, is online.  Also please note that you should not buy all the books for this course that are in the bookstore.  There are two different sets, and you must choose between them, buying two books or one of different types.  See below in the middle column.
Reading Faster: The challenge in a course like this  is to get through all the reading.  And in this course, you can't skip without wrecking your grade, as you must write about each reading.  One answer is to read faster.  Another is to learn the craft of intelligent skimming.  Both are relatively easy for many people: see .How To Skim/Speed.

Updated Aug. 2018



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