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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.

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Description of two works: the Nike of Samothrace (Greek), and the (Etruscan/Roman) She-Wolf, with reference URLs.

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Not having the questions I was supposed to answer, I am including a general discussion of the Greek Nike of Samothrace and the Roman She-Wolf. I am assuming that your professor wants you to concentrate your comments on the differences between Greek and Roman (Etruscan) art, since many people confuse these two classical cultures.

The Nike of Samothrace was designed for a niche in a wall in a theatre on the Island of Samothrace. She was portrayed as a woman, the goddess of Victory, on the prow of a ship. She has wings spread, and the wind is billowing her tunic. She is missing her head, which is not unusual in artworks preserved from this time, that they have sustained some damage. Her pose is one foot forward, bracing herself against the wind. This ...

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