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From the list below, choose one Greek work of art and one Roman work of art and compare and contrast them according to the criteria listed:

Greek Art
Roman Art

The Doryphoros (Polykleitos, 450 BCE)
Augustus of Primaporta (c. 20 BCE)

The Laocoon Group (1st Century, CE)
Marcus Agrippa with Imperial Family (South frieze from the Ara Pacis, 13-9 CE)

Nike of Samothrace (c. 190 BCE)
She-Wolf (c. 500 BCE)

The Temple of Athena (427-424 BCE)
The Colosseum (72-80 CE)

The Parthenon (447-438 BCE)
The Arch of Constantine (313 CE)

Answer the following list of questions in a comparative essay to evaluate your choices. Be sure to introduce the works you've chosen.

See the unit Resources List for sites that can help you write an effective compare/contrast essay.

* What is the FORM of the work (the overall structure including line, shape, texture, value, color and balance)?
* Does the work have SUBJECT MATTER (if so, what is literally depicted)?
* What is the CONTENT (what is the religious, philosophical and/or historical significance)?

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

Make sure to use APA style when citing your sources at the end of the post

You are required to comply with APA style format for quotations, internal citations and a reference list. For additional information and resources on APA, visit the APA section of the Library, available under "Library Features."

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Discussion of, and comparisons of, The Doryphoros (Polykleitos, 450 BCE), a Greek work, and Augustus of Primaporta (c. 20 BCE), a Roman work, with Web site information and URLs for the reference information, plus OTA provided question answers in preparation for the eventual paper on this subject.

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The primary Web site I am going to direct you towards which clearly explains both of these works of art is listed here: http://employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/arth200/politics/roman_imp_sculpt.html
This URL (Universal Resource Locator) site discusses both the Polykleitos statue of the Doryphorus, and the Augustus of Primaporta statue. The site is quite clear in its explanations, and gives more information than I can include in the two hours BrainMass allows to answer a posting. I will copy and paste the relevant portion of the site, but I strongly suggest that you read what the Web site has to say before you answer the questions, and compose your response essay.

Copied and pasted: The so-called Augustus of Primaporta was clearly made to provide visible testament to Augustus's claim to authority and the creation of a visual language of imperial images. Augustus holds in his left hand a spear which was a symbol of ability in arms and power (imperii). The spear, which will morph into the scepter of the medieval king, was a regular symbol of imperial power. Augustus is shown wearing the cuirass, or breastplate of a military general. This manifests Augustus's role as imperator, or head of Rome's military forces. The formula of the cuirass statue would be one of the most prevalent in the Roman tradition. For example see Harvard's Arthur M. Sackler Museum statue of the Emperor Trajan. A coin from the reign of Valens in the middle of the fourth century exemplifies the continuity of this formula. Along with the cuirass, a common characteristic of this portrait type is the contrapposto pose with the weight clearly shifted to one leg. Scholars have seen a special reference in this pose in the statue of Augustus. They have seen strong parallels to the ...

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