The third and final study group on the transition from the Roman Empire via the Middle Ages to the Modern Era. By 1700, every high point of the Roman world had been surpassed with the sciences (Newton, Galileo, and Kepler, the mapping of Australia and the Americas, and new ways of thinking (Humanism). But religious conflict led to the catastrophic 30-Years War, which still effects Europe today. There also emerged a wonderful and energetic world of secular arts and literature (Shakespeare, Rembrandt and Bach). We can look forward to a feast and something to please all palates.