Beauty of Form

Aphrodite, Adonis, Apollo, Artemis…are about ennoblement of form in Ancient Greece. Its visual remains, its architecture, ceramics, and most especially the statues of male and female bodies are for many aesthetically beautiful. But how can so many things be beautiful in Ancient Greece when they are entirely dissimilar? Is beauty and good relative to our understanding of each? And, what about beauty and love? Rome re-interpreted Greek concepts of harmony in the arts, especially architecture. During the first century the villa and its gardens represented a cultural ideal. It was a place in which living a beautiful life was possible. Byzantium was a cultural melting pot and a conduit for beauty. It was at the crossroads of many important trade routes and its wares inspired the west in all its art forms. At Constantinople (Istanbul) on the banks of the beautiful Bosporus, whose waters divided Asia from Europe, the heritage of the ancient classical world was conserved.

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