What Greek beliefs about the human being and the human body are continued to this day?
The Greeks were very fascinated by the study of the human body. This fascination is evident in Greek sculpture. They believed that the human body was a temple. Even their God’s and Deities were humanized. Noteworthy beginning in the Archaic movement moving through to the Hellenistic movement. It is truly amazing to see how the advancement in sculpture changes through these movements. The Greeks amazingly had the human figure canon to a mathematical exactitude. The Greeks as a civilization were this precise with everything from sculpture to architecture. They studied the movement of the body and how the figure shifted their weight while moving or simply standing. They were so fascinated with the human body that they were open to public male nudity. Women on the other hand were not acceptable at all until much later in the Hellenistic period. The Greek men fought battles in the nude, and performed in the Olympics in the nude. The Greeks definitely have a way of beautifying their subjects. The fabric on their statues and the way that the fabric drapes across the figures is truly beautiful design element. I think that the Greeks definitely raised the bar as far as depicting the human body. To this day artists refer to the Greeks for inspiration when working with the human body.