Many People Only Think Of The Ancient Greeks As The Inventor

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Many people only think of the ancient Greeks as the inventor of the Olympics, but they had many artistic accomplishments as well. They influenced art for centuries after the philosopher Protagoras claimed, “man is the measure of all things”, as the human body became the central focus of ancient Greek art. No discussion of Greek history would be complete without mention of the art of ancient Greece. Its classical Greek art and architecture has left its mark throughout the ages and across the world. Greek art is categorized under three headings; the archaic period, the Classical period, and the Hellenistic period. Some experts would also add a fourth heading: the geometric period, which preceded the archaic style. When we think about the…show more content…
The whole war started because Athens supported the Ionian Greeks when they were rebelling in Anatolia against the Persians. That made the Persian king Xerxes mad, so he led two major campaigns against the Athenians, and the Athenians enlisted the help of all the other Greek city-states. In the wake of their shared victory, the city-states began to see themselves as Greeks, rather than Spartans, or Athenians. Leading into the Golden Age, Athens emerged as the de facto capital of Greece. The defeat of the Persians in 479 BC left a long-standing self-importance on the Greek society and its civilization. With the Athens domination of Greece in every way, it 's not surprising that the Athenian influence is plain to see in art. Many great things happened during the Golden Age, including the Parthenon, the Parthenon was a temple that became a church, then a mosque, and then an armory before finally settling into a ruin. You also had political leaders like Pericles, whose famous funeral proclamation of the value of democracy was given shortly after the first battles of the Peloponnesian war. As Funerals after such battles were public rituals, Pericles used the occasion to state, “If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences... if a man is able to serve the
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