Ancient Greece Chapter 5 ! (Art and Architecture (Greek artists wanted…
Ancient Greece Chapter 5 !
Art and Architecture
Greek artists wanted people to see reason, moderation, balance and harmony in their work
They hoped their art would inspire people to base their lives on these same ideas.
The pictures on most Greek pottery are either red on a black backround or black on a red backround.
They often have scenes of Greek myths. Like their gods .
They believed that their gods and goddesses affected people's lives and shaped events.
They believed that the 12 most important gods and goddesses lived on Mount Olympus.
They also believed in the afterlife.
They believed that Zeus was the king of the gods and that he also controlled lightning.
Greek Poetry and Fables
The first great epics of early Greece were the Iliad and the Odyssey, they were both written by Homer during the 700s B.C.
The stories showed heroes striving to be the best they could be.
Homer's stories taught courage and honor, also that it was important to be loyal to your friends and to value the relationship between husband and wife.
The earliest Greek Stories were epics. These long poems told about heroic deeds.
In a tragedy a person struggles to overcome difficulties but fails, as a result the story has an unhappy ending.
In a comedy the story ends happily. Today we use the word comedy to mean a story filled with humor. They make fun of leading politicians and scholars. They encourage the audience to think as well as to laugh.
They developed two kinds of dramas: comedies and tragedies.
The Greek performed plays in outdoor theaters as part of their religious festivals.