Artistic Themes From Ancient Cultures Essay

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Artistic Themes from Ancient Cultures: Greece and Rome Tim Cason HUM/100 April 11th, 2011 James Kirk Artistic Themes from Ancient Cultures: Greece and Rome Gender Roles in Greece and Rome The history of Greece and Rome depicts the differences of man and women. The cultures of Greece and Rome repeatedly provide examples of the value of men and women, in most cases women were treated as slaves to men. The cultures of the two countries have similarities in the treatment of women’s roles, but there are some subtle differences that can be seen in art, law, plays, and attitudes. Greece In Greece gender roles were clearly defined, according to Athenian democracy, women, children, resident aliens, and slaves did not qualify as citizens. In Athenian only landowning males of over the age of 18 were allowed to be citizens (Fiero, 2011). Athenians were superior to non-Athenians and Athenian males were superior to Athenian females. Rome The Romans, like the Greek, did not see women as equals to Roman men. However, the women were treated differently and at times have rights close to the equality of men. Roman women were allowed own property, manage their own legal affairs, allowed to be educated, and in some cases even allowed to be active in public life (Fiero, 2011). Roman women were not equal to men, but unlike the Greeks and the philosophical conclusions between man and women, were allotted the freedoms to contribute to activities outside the home and needs of the husband. Art Greek sculptors often created sculptures of bronze and marble. These works of art define how the two cultures viewed the relationship of men and women in public and private life. The Greek show men as posed in a style similar to the Egyptians that depicts a sense of dignity and authority (Fiero, 2011). Greek male sculptures were always nude, detailed muscle tone and gradually became more

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