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Athens
Ancient Greek Art

Was the rule of pericles a golden age for the Athens?

Leading the Delian League after the Persian Wars, Pericles put the treasury of Delos to good use for Athens' benefit, often using stolen funds, by remodeling the Great Agora, increasing the military after the losses of the Persian War, donating money to public and social works, remodeling the Acropolis with the Parthenon, and building several new Odeon's, which helped to kick start the theatre again. All of these things lead to significant cultural and political breakthroughs for the Athenians in the arts, and philosophy as well.

For all intents and purposes, it was the Golden Age for Athens, but it also lead to conflict between Athens and other, perhaps jealous, city states, causing the Peloponnesian Wars, from which Athens never recovered.

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Greece
Athens
Ancient Greek Art

What are the two Parthenons?

the Parthenon is actually only one,located on the acropolis holly cliff.it was a temple dedicated to goddess Athens.there are though quite a few temples in Greece looking similar to the Parthenon

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Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greek Art
The Difference Between

What are the differences between Greek and Egyptian art?

What is the diffences between Greek art and Egyptian art? This answer is specifically about difference between Greek and Egyptian SCULPTURE. First, the Greek sculptors liberated their figures from the original stone block. The Egyptian obsession with permanence was alien to the Greeks, who were preoccupied with finding ways to represent motion rather than stability in their statues. Second, the kouroi are nude, just as Greek athletes competed nude in the Olympic games, and, in the absence of attributes, Greek youths as well as maidens are formally indistinguishable from Greek statues of deities.

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Entertainment & Arts
Art History
Georgia O'Keeffe
Ancient Greek Art

How did art start?

Art as such can be traced back to the Neanderthal period. Paintings of animals have been found in cave across the world and as yet archaeologist have not found anything that is supported by the same amount of evidence to show its beginnings prior to this

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Ancient Greek Art

Should the Elgin marbles should stay in London or go back to Greece?

This is an opinion question and, as a result, you may have different answers.

I believe that since the British properly paid the Ottoman government for the Elgin Marbles, transported them, and has protected them for roughly 200 years, the British should retain the right to exhibit the marbles. While I am sympathetic to the Greek argument that these treasures should be restored to their home, this is insufficient to match the incredible cost borne by the British in acquiring and preserving the artifacts, never mind the fact that Britain remains more stable for long term preservation of the artifacts and that there is no impediment to Greeks visiting the collections in Britain. (Compare this to the Iraqi Jewish Archive where the exhibition is slated to go to Iraq, where most Iraqi Jews - who are currently Israeli citizens - cannot go.)

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Roman Empire
Ancient Greek Art

How did greek and roman art and literature be reborn?

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

Greek and Roman art became reborn in the period of time called the Renaissance. It was during this time that the Europeans began rediscovering their past which had been preserved by the Church and churchmen.

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Roman Empire
Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek Art

Why do you think Greeks and Romans made sculptures of their political and cutural figures?

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

They were made as a sign of honor and remembrance. Most of the busts and sculptures were of men/women who did a great thing or were connected to a powerful family.

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Greece
Ancient Greek Art
Women in History

Is there any famous women in ancient Greece?

not many that i could think of but there was Adriadne's string that led theseus thriugh the labrinth so he could slay the minotaur

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Art History
Ancient Greek Art

Which work best illustrates the emotional intensity and drama of the Hellenistic style in sculpture?

Laocoon and sons

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Ancient Olympics
Greece
Ancient Greek Art

Could women take part in or attend plays in ancient Greece?

For all the credit ancient Greece gets as the cradle of Democracy, it was a Men's Club.

Women were not allowed to take part in plays, or attend athletic competitions.

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Ancient Greek Art

What was the main subject in Greek painting during the Classical Period?

The normal human body

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Ancient Greek Art

What was Greek art characterized by in the Hellenistic period?

proper mathematical perspective

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Famous Artworks
Ancient Greek Art

What idea did Alberti introduce in his famous work of art theory on paintings?

Type your.Art should imitate nature.

answer here...

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Drama and Acting
Theater
Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek Art

What is a theater in ancient Greece?

In Ancient Greece, the most celebrated and popular theatre venue was the Theatre of Dionysus, which lie on the southeast side of the Acropolis, in central Athens.Consecrated first as the temenos of Dionysos Eleuthereus ("Dionysus Liberator"), what would become a grand masterpiece of Ancient Greek architecture, began as a more rudimentary construct, complete only with an altar and a circular playing area, around which the improvisational choral dithyramb competitions were held as prelude to a ritual sacrifices in honor of Dionysus, god of wine, drama and fertility.

Eventually, as many scholars conclude, the great pinnacle of antique dramatic literature, Athenian tragedy, evolved from the improvisations of the dithryambic choruses, adopting and changing the same circular performance space used by the choruses in competition and/or in simple ritual homage. This circular performance space would thus become known as the orchêstra, a space equivalent in diameter to about 20 metres.

For utilitarian reasons (i.e., the episodic nature of the theatre narrative called for entrances & exits, and changes in costume & scenery) the Ancient Greek Theatre added on what was at first a temporary enclosed rectangular wooden structure, called a skênê, meaning "hut" or "tent," which was raised on a platform about 4 metres high, at a length of about 12 metres. Upstage center of the skênê was supposed to have stood a double-leaf door used for entrances and exits.

Eventually the skênê grew larger and more ornate, with various accoutrements, such as the forbearer of the modern proscenium arch: the colonnaded proskênion.

It is not entirely certain if all theatres of the Ancient Greek construction had altars (or thymelê) in or on the orchêstra. It is readily debated by scholars whether the altars were permanent structures or whether they were carried on to stage as scenic devices (e.g., particularly for the recitation of the lyric choral odes in Ancient Greek tragedies), and whether they lay left or right of the orchêstra's playing space.

One certain fact is that the thymelê was not phallic in shape. As best as archeologists can conclude, the altars were either short stout column-heads or an ornate rectangular shape, both with a flat top upon which mock-sacrificial displays could be made, and where lyric odes would culminate in the coryphe's chanting of the epode.

Some archeologists and Classic Greek scholars believe that the thymelê's flat or concaved top could have held a bronze, or at best a large golden bowl-like chalice for tossing and sipping libations during the action of the plays which proceeded near or around it. The idea of a chalice for libations lends itself to the idea that the thymelê was not stationary but mobile, and could have been moved closer to the nearest audience members (who were often a select group of the most venerated priests, cleric and dignitaries), so that they too could join in the spilling of libations.

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Greek and Roman Mythologies
Zeus (Jupiter)
Ancient Greek Art

Who was the famous sculptor of the statue of Zeus in Olympia?

Phidias sculpted this brilliant peace of art work. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was created by the Greek sculptor Phidias, in about 432 B. The statue of the seated god was some 12 meters (39 feet) tall and occupied the whole width of the aisle of the temple built to house it.

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Ancient History
Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek Art

What buildings were created in ancient Greece?

Colosseum

Actually, the Colosseum is Roman. The Parthenon is Greek.

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Ancient Greek Art

What is the contribution of Greek art and literature to the world?

Greek art and literature provided the basis of most western art and literature today, as one can observe the Greeks were very enchanted by the human form, and truly brought a new degree of realism into their art and sculpture because of it. As for their literature, the Greeks laid a foundation that was then built upon by the Romans, who brought it to Europe, and although it has undergone an immense amount of change over time, it laid a sound foundation for what we have today.

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Greek and Roman Mythologies
The Odyssey
Ancient Greek Art

What does Homer ask muse to do?

There r 12 muses, each reigning over their gift. Homer would ask the muse of poetry and the muse of music to inspire him

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Ancient Greek Art

What did the ancient Greeks contribute to art?

The first mathematical system of painting perspective

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Physics
Art History
Ancient Greek Art

Which element of art refers to the way an object feels or the appearance of how an object might feel if touched?

texture

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Ancient Greece
Art History
Ancient Greek Art

What statement is characteristic of Greek Hellenistic sculpture as seen in this artwork?

Figures have strong diagonals and dramatic poses.

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Ancient Greek Art
Ancient Greece

What themes did Greek playwrights explore?

Greek playwrights wrote either tragedies or comedies. In tragedies the theme is about some kind of flaw in the main character (i.e. overconfidence). In comedy the themes can range from love to everyday life.

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Ancient Greek Art
Drama and Acting
Ancient Greece

How long did ancient Greek plays last?

Too long, in my opinion.

&I don't suggest ever watching a reenactment, you'll fall asleep.

Oh, and if anyone ever says "Oediphus Rex is my favorite dinosaur", punch then in the face and walk away really fast.

The information above is not very helpful .... the plays usually lasted for about 6 hours

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Ancient Greek Art

How does Hellenistic art differ from that of the Classical Age?

Hellenistic Art was from 500 years after the Golden Age of Greece (or Hellenic period). The Hellenistic period occurred when the Roman Empire controlled the eastern Mediterranean, including Greece, during the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D.

The art of the Hellenistic age was very different from the previous periods of Greek Art (Archaism and Classicism). Hellenism was not only an art movement, but an entire period of Greek civilization. Alexander the Great had conquered an empire and brought together peoples from all over the world. Due to the massive size of the lands, royal iconography became a large part of the art world. Images of Alexander the Great could be found everywhere, and images of other rulers would be placed on coins. Many leaders tried to emulate Alexander by making their portraits look like his. Lysippos, a very famous sculptor of the time, was the primary sculptor and creator of Alexander's image. The Classical age was not marked by its reverence of the image of the rulers. The artists during this time also took a greater interest in the personality and the psychology of the portraits, unlike the more stoic and stylized portraits of the classical period. The faces took on more emotion during the Hellenistic period and sometimes attributes were added to exaggerate the personality or the profession of the individual. The artists used a persons inner qualities to adjust their portraits. For example, a general may be given severe features to show strength and a philosopher might receive exaggerated wrinkles to show his intelligence. This period also marked a new interest in the drama that wasn't seen before. Sculptures frequently broke the plane of their space, and their faces were incredibly emotive. There are sculptures that show incredibly dramatic moments which are full of movement. Realism and worldliness was important too. Some sculptors even sculpted the "grotesque" meaning people that were maimed or old.

There is so much that can be said about this period, so I'll leave it at that.

On a personal note, my favorite work from this time period is Nike of Samothace from the 2nd Century BCE . If you are looking for a great reference book on this time, I recommend J.J. Pollit's Art in the Hellenistic Age.

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Athens
Ancient Greek Art

What are Parthenon marbles and where are they?

It is a long sculpted frieze which used to run along the inside of the Parthenon. Some of it is in the British Museum, London, some in the Acropolis Museum, Athens. The part in London is called the Elgin Marbles.

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