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Classical and Hellenistic Greece

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This collection of art, music, philosophy and literature explores the culture of Ancient Greece, but specifically the Classical and Hellenistic periods of Ancient Greek culture.  The purpose of this particular collection is to show an audience how special and influential the Ancient Greek culture was when it existed and also to show how influential their culture was to our values in the world today.  The intended audience for this collection is anybody who truly appreciates the arts.  This collection shows one of the most influential cultures every known for art, music, literature and philosophy, therefore anybody study art or anybody who just simply enjoys art should be intrigued by these selections.

Sculpture was so important to Ancient Greek artwork, therefore, this collection contains a healthy portfolio of sculptures that does not only show off the art form itself, but also shows one extremely significant figure of the time period, Plato.  Plato was and still is (though obviously deceased) one of the most philosophical and influential figures of the world.  One sculpture is a bowl made with that face of maenad.  Maenad is a term learned to mean female followers Dionysus, who is the greek god of grape-harvest.  This particular piece was quite interesting because it differed from the rest of the sculptures in the way that it does not portray a head or body, but yet the practical significance of the piece still exists.  The Boy with Thorn was profound to me because it's symbolistic of something simpler than the rest.  The sculpture portrays a young boy that it trying to remove a large thorn from the sole of his foot.  Perhaps the unknown artist of this ancient piece was trying to reach a much deeper meaning for their audience or perhaps the artist was reminiscing on childhood memories, but either way, I find the piece to be quite impressive in it's uniqueness. 

The final two pieces of this particular collection differ from the other four in that they are not sculptures, but instead paintings.  These paintings give us a bit of insight into classical and hellenistic greek society, specifically literary and musical aspects.  The first is portraying Greek musicians playing what is called a hydraulis.  The hydraulis was similar to what we now know as an organ piano.  The instrument would have been extremely loud and is thought to have been used primarily for outdoor entertainment.  The final piece of this Classical and Hellenistic Greek collection is a painting that is portraying the Ancient Library of Alexandria.  In the painting one can see men carrying and reading scrolls throughout the room while one man, perhaps a librarian, is up on a ladder either removing a scroll from the shelf or putting scrolls away.  I believe this painting is quite important to understanding Ancient Greek society because it shows how important literature was to noble people who had the resources to learn the arts of reading and writing.  Intelligence, literature and philosophy had come along way since then but this ancient society had an impressive amount of influence on the way the world has developed today.

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