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This edition: The Classical Ideal

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Part 1. Greece: Birth of the Classical Tradition
Part 2. Imperial Stones of Rome
The origins of humanism and much of Western art are traced to ancient Greece, dramatically conveys through Kouroi and Korai figures, as well as by the architecture of the Parthenon. The inherently political character of Roman art is embodies In the technical sophistication and extraordinary details of the Pantheon. The decline of humanistic values in the late antique period is represented by portraits and by the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, where classical themes and forms are adapted to serve Christian purposes.

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