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Ancient Greeks beliefs about figural representation

List some of the Ancient Greek beliefs about the human body and figural representation. Give one or two examples of how this is evidenced in art production. Are any of these concepts continued today in our society?
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PROBLEM: List some of the Ancient Greek beliefs about the human body and figural representation. Give one or two examples of how this is evidenced in art production. Are any of these concepts continued today in our society?

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Ancient Greeks believed that the human body was a gift from the gods and as such should be honored and perfected. It was a person's duty to try to achieve physical perfection or come as close to it as possible. Given that humans were thought to have been created by the gods in their own images, another commonly held belief was that those who were beautiful had been especially blessed by the gods. This idea evolved into the Platonic ideal - that beauty equaled goodness. Conversely, this belief also translates into the opposite and equal idea that those who were ugly had done something to deserve it and were therefore bad. Heroes of Ancient Greek legend were and are always described as beautiful, and the villains described as ugly.

In terms of artistic depiction of the human body, artists (especially sculptors) of this time and culture were quite skilled in rendering the human body with exceptional accuracy. While the ...

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Ancient Greeks beliefs about figurative representations are determined.

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