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Comparing sculptures of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Ancient Sculptures

The Ancient Egyptians , Greeks , and Romans were worshippers of multiple gods , and needed their gods represented in the form of sculptures to be constantly reminded of their own humility . However , the purpose of ancient art changes when one ancient civilization is seen to focus on the mere presence of a god in the form of a sculpture , whereas another civilization is seen to have nurtured its sense of beauty through art

The Ancient Egyptians were Pharaoh worshippers . The king of Ancient Egypt was the Pharaoh , who appeared larger than life

in the art works of the period . There were many sculptures that the Pharaoh asked his men to create of himself (History of Sculpture , 2007 . A lot of the sculptures - such as the sculpture of Rameses II - are massive in size and yet quite simple . There is nothing beautiful about many of the sculptures of the Pharaoh . Rather , they simply serve as a reminder to the Pharaoh 's people that their larger-than-life king is their god who must be worshipped at every turn

The Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans , who also had plenty of gods and goddesses , similarly needed reminders about their gods in sculptural forms . These people additionally gave their gods a typically human form . However , the gods of the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans could be created with the most perfect of physical features . Both the Ancient Greek and the Ancient Roman civilizations enjoyed the beauty of the human form , including the naked human form which was admired for its harmonious proportions . The Torso of Apollo is one of the most perfect examples of this art , showing young Apollo , the Greek god of light music , archery , healing , atonement , prophecy and flocks and herds . The figure was popular with both


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Greeks and Ancient Romans . It is an unclothed manifestation of splendor and courage , only expected to be shown of Apollo , who wears a belt over one shoulder to which a quiver of arrows were at his back (Torso of Apollo . By showing the god as a naked human being , the artist inspires into viewers the spirit to take Apollo for a courageous model and turn into heroes themselves

This was not the purpose of Ancient Egyptian art . Not everybody could turn into a Pharaoh . What is more , the difference between the simplicity of the Ancient Egyptian sculpture and the beauty and magic of the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman sculpture , is enough to inform the viewer about the way art was perceived during different periods of ancient history


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History of Sculpture (2007 . Wikipedia . Retrieved from http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /History_of_sculpture (2 April 2007

Torso of Apollo . DIA Galleries Ancient Art . Retrieved from http /www .dia .org /collections /Ancient /ancient .html (10 February 2007...

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