These things all show how Greeks believed that Zeus was masculine, but why does this make them believe that he was the most important? It may not be popular knowledge, but in ancient Greek culture, masculinity and power were highly respected and desired traits. In fact, masculinity was of such a high value in ancient Greece that it is still influential in the culture today. This proves just how influential masculinity was to these people; over a thousand of years later, the culture still has the same ideals because of how strongly imbedded it was in the culture that long ago. This same thing goes for power.
The definition of what a perfect person was developed by Plato. Plato believed that the physical world did not matter it was the form in the ideal world and this value of form and thought can be seen throughout many of the works of art. Plato said that in the physical world we did not see the real object we only saw a shadow of it. The art of this time period showed form and subject that were far more perfect than one could actually exist in the real would in an attempt to represent the world of ideas. All of these aspects together confirm that Plato has a major influence on Greek art of the time.
He was also considered to be a "supreme trickster", 'creator... ... middle of paper ... ...metheus' characteristics can be based from the knowledge, courtesy, and kindness he impacted on others of the human race. Even though the myth behind his birth is mysterious, that isn't what made him earn his place in society today. It was the traits given to this Greek mythological figure passed downed through ancient literature, stories, and other myths that really made his individuality what it is today. His faith in his creations was what made him the most important and respected Titan in Greek Mythology. Bibliography/Works Cited Hamilton, Edith.
Men who carried out their duty well were rewarded within the society and held an elevated status. Spartan’s held that ideal that to,“know that it is good for the city-state and the whole people when a man takes his place in the front row of warriors and stands his ground without flinching.” The wanted to create the strongest warrior possible and the only way to incentivize that was through honor. Honor was made an attainable goal for these warriors and something that they had been conditioned to want to strive for. Greek people also honored the gods though as their first and foremost responsibility. They needed to do right by these deities in order to be successful in their lives.
The Olympic odes served in many ways as a means to bestow the basic democratic values of the Polis onto the Greek citizens. Stephen Instone’s introduction for The Complete Odes translated by Anthony Verity, gives insight into Pindar, a very famous ode writer’s objectives in writing. These odes were commissioned to demonstrate the greatness of the Olympic victor’s family, hometown and their athletic ability. Yet poets such as the great Pindar made very sure that these odes gave much glory to the gods. Linking the athlete’s ability directly back to the gods favor onto them.
The costly nature of the materials out of which it was designed was intended to overwhelm the viewer, creating a sense of religious awe. The Greeks believed the deities provided the city protection and allowed them to be successful in their endeavors while in time of war. Phidias, a master bronze worker, was commissioned to create the sculpture of Athena Parthenos, the goddess of wisdom to show tribute to the gods by creating a large scale sculpture in Acropolis. The Acropolis was the most important site in the city of Athens, and was well recognized as the hilltop of protection. It is also the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture as well as the symbol of the city of Athens.
The Greeks were proud of their democratic system, and their dramas reflected their belief that their society, ruled jointly by representatives of the people, was best in a world full of unstable and dangerous monarchies. The gods despise men who rise too high and seek to become too great. So do the Greeks. Works Cited Aeschylus. Agamemnon.
This is how Pericles perceives Athens’ way of equality, Pericles’ views on creating equal citizenship between both the wealthy and the middle class folks of Athens were a revolution and this form of democracy is still in use today. A few examples on how Athens displays their isonomia was by paying people for performing jury duty, this meant that the poor was now able to go and vote for what they want and at the same time be paid to do so. The Ekklesiasterion was a meeting place for ... ... middle of paper ... ...Oration’ was one of the great wonders of the classical world. In this speech he spoke of many matters such as the isnomia which helped to provide the peace and harmony within Athens’ wealthy and poor citizens then secondly the greatness of Athens history proving not to need Homer as their scribe and that they could still be remembered for their deeds and finally the importance of the deceased soldiers’ statuses compared to the widowed women’s. The purpose of this speech was to convince not only the Athenians, the surrounding states but also the classical world of Athens’ greatness.
Yet this did not discourage him, instead led him to become sturdier and closer to his people. Pericles had democratic views unlike the rest of Ancient Greece; however his unique ways of governing helped him maintain order in the Golden Age of Athens. While the success of a political leader is commonly recognized through the greatness of his achievements, Pericles has also acknowledged the importance of understanding and respecting his people. The people of Athens were Pericles’s wealth. Being born in a well-off family, to his father Xanthippus... ... middle of paper ... ...ness.
Values such as valor, strength, and pride are found in these heroes’ stories, however there tends to emerge a theme of devastation threading the stories of the heroes together. These intriguing tales of mythical heroes help to enlighten the mystique of the ancient Greeks. The Greeks strongly valued their individuality and characteristics that set a person apart from others. The biggest portrayal of this next to the gods themselves are the Greeks heroes. Theseus, who is the founding hero of Athens, is represented slaying the minotaur which saved the Athenians from the tyranny of the Minoans.