Thursday, March 5, 2009

Greek beliefs continued to this day

Many Greek customs and beliefs about the human being and the human body are continued today. The Greeks had a humanistic world-view; they believed humans were the most important element of life. They ruled by democracy, at least amongst the white males; slavery was accepted and commonly practiced. The United States followed in the footsteps of the Greek’s approach to rule by democracy. The U.S. participated in democracy among the white males until 1870 when the first African American got to vote. Women in the U.S. couldn’t vote until 1920.
Greek architecture also has similarities to numerous buildings in the U.S. built in later centuries. The columns on the U.S. Capital Building closely resemble the columns on both Kallikrates, Temple of Athena Nike (5-53) and the Erechtheion (5-50) in Athens, Greece, which were both constructed in the early and high classical periods. Many larger houses built now have a front entrance that is built according to the structure of the Choragic Monument (5-73) from the Hellenistic period in Greece. Greek theaters such as the one in our book are also used today as amphitheaters for concerts.
Throughout Greek periods of art the portrayal of the human body is continuously slightly altered to eventually attain the perfect human body. The gods were perfect and the Greeks portrayed them as human in their art with their only difference being that they were immortal. The perfection of the human body is not only seen in their art, but also in their activities. The Greeks created the Olympic Games, which were held between the separate Greek-speaking states. Today the Olympics are still held, but between many countries and with clothes on. The attainment of the perfect human body is definitely part of our society today. Every other commercial or advertisement is a type of propaganda to get people to think about how they look and how much better they could look if they would just do this certain thing advertized, such as weight loss pills.

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