The Hellenic Republic: Cultural Statuary

Sculptors adorned the elaborate columns and archways with renderings of the gods until the time came to a close and more Greeks had begun to think of their theology as superstitious rather than sacred; at that time, it grew to be more standard for sculptors be paid to depict ordinary people as well.

Often times, a depiction of wealthy families' forefathers would be commissioned to be located inside of huge familial burial tombs, and portraiture, which would be duplicated by the Romans upon their conquest of Greek civilization, also became customary. A time of aesthetic development, the use of sculpture and alternate art forms transformed throughout the Greek Classical period, so it is not entirely accurate to assume that the arts served only one function. Hellenic sample Greek sculpture is probably attractive to us nowadays as it was an avant-garde experiment in the historic world, so it doesn't matter whether its original function was religious zeal or artistic pleasure.


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