Since long before the period of recorded history, human beings have had to cope with the demands of civilization in its countless incarnations. Interpretations of the effect of civilization on the human condition have been wide and varied: some suppose that pre-civilized humans were subject to a perpetual state of warfare, in conflict with both nature and the members of their own species, and hold civilization up as humanity's liberator from this state of suffering; others suspect that before the emergence of civilization, humans enjoyed much greater leisure time and a more egalitarian social order, and that it was only by civilization's corrupting influence that we submitted to enduring the superfluous toil and oppression that characterize modern life. Though it might never be completely clear whether we lived a more joyous or precarious existence before its advent, we can be sure that as long as humans continue to exist on this planet, civilization is here to stay. Its dawning brought forth many questions about topics such as the individual's obligation to the collective, the materialization of systemic socioeconomic hierarchies, the ecological impact of accelerating technological advancement, and the feasibility, or even the desirability, of domesticating humans; questions which are still being asked to this day and, just like those regarding the state of primitive man, may never be adequately answered. This exhibit makes no attempt at answering these questions, but instead places them into a chronological framework alongside just a tiny portion of the products of creative accomplishment -- humanity's art, music, and literature -- which comprise civilization's cultural legacy.