Classical Societies Essay

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Week 3 Assignment: Classical Societies Essay
Sema Ramdas
HUM 205
Instructor. Collis
October 7th, 2012

For centuries Classical societies have lent their contributions to art and have amazed us then and still continue to do so. Art is a broad topic and in order for us to explain a specific piece of art we must first analyze the artwork precisely. I am choosing art from Classical Greece, Hellenistic Greece, Etruscan Civilization, Roman Republic, and Roman Empire society and I will examine a piece of art from each of those periods. The art works that I have chosen from each period are Polykleitos the Younger, theater, Epidauros, ca. 350 B.C.E, from the Classical Greece period, Portrait bust of Alexander the Great, Roman copy of a Greek
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He brought about a mingling of Eastern and Western cultures through his policies and conquests, he also believed in interracial marriages. He brought people together through his means as well as their history and their cultures.
The Etruscan Civilization has many artworks that show the type of people they were. The Tomb of Reliefs was one such piece of art. This type of tomb was used to bury families and this particular tomb could hold as much as forty bodies. Much like the Egyptian tombs these tombs were furnished with gold, weapons and vases which made it a target for grave robbers. The relationship between the art and the culture shows the value this civilization places on family, that even after death they remain together. The culture influence that genre of art because this civilization placed pride in their families and wanted to know that even in death they are comfortable. The small round Temple of Vesta was located at the east end of the Roman Forum and this was a holy spot since the earliest times; the temple was rebuilt several times. The building contained holy objects, including the Palladium, a statue of Pallas Athene which the Romans believed had been rescued by Aeneas from the flames of Troy. The shrine contained the sacred heart of the goddess, and its fire had to be re-lit by the Vestals each March 1 by rubbing two sticks together. Here the Vestals also kept sacred water
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