Two Great Civilizations: Egyptian And Etruscan

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Ryan Waymire Lori Michelon History of Western Art I 28 March 2012 Two Great civilizations: Egyptian and Etruscan The incredibly intricate, sophisticated and complex art work created by the Etruscans and Egyptians remains culturally, linguistically, ethnically and historically significant to this very day. Even though these civilizations existed thousands of years ago they're art still remains incredibly valued in today’s society. Etruscan and ancient Egyptian art are so alike yet so different. Both the Etruscan and the Egyptian culture are very religious, and both believed in polytheism. The Etruscan believed that every physical phenomenon was a clear act of divine power and this power could be dissuaded or persuaded to favor human acts. The Etruscan had a god for everything: The sun, Catha and Usil; a civil god, Selvans; Turan, the goddess of love; there was a god for war, a god for the moon, etc. The Etruscan afterlife was negative, gods were hostile and were said to bring misfortune, so their religion was centered on interpreting the will of the gods and satisfying it. The Egyptian's had a large belief in the afterlife, and also believed heavy in divine right. They believed that every human being was composed of physical and spiritual parts or aspects. In addition to the body, each person had a shadow, a personality or soul, a life-force, and a name. They worshiped many gods inside of cult temples that were held by priests. These two cultures religions were very alike, but yet very different. The Egyptian pyramids, One of the great wonders of the world, these architectural wonders is one of the many things the Egyptian's are famous for. The architecture that was coming out of Egypt at the time were these huge structures that would take about 20 years to build, being built with huge blocks of sun-dried and kiln-baked bricks, fine sandstone, limestone and

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