Ancient Greece: The Struggle for Beauty, Strength, and Power

The concept of beauty, strength, and power has been an ever-changing ideology throughout time and the world. Each society has an understanding of what it means to be beautiful, strong, and powerful. Ancient Greece is no exception to this. With the fear of losing their power and strength to invaders and the Gods setting standards of how to be beautiful, Ancient Greeks were constantly striving to maintain their status. Jewelry, vases, food, one’s appearance and physique, and main buildings were all used to represent these ideologies during this time. However, only the wealthiest people could even try to meet the unattainable standards society has put in place due to the high costs of the items. During annual festivals and religious ceremonies the desire to be the most beautiful, strong, and powerful was fully put on display all throughout Ancient Greece.


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3 thoughts on “Ancient Greece: The Struggle for Beauty, Strength, and Power

  1. Sarah – I learned some new things about these items and statues that I’ve seen in the archaeological museum – so thanks for that! I think the subject needed to be developed a little bit more though. I think the pictures you chose were good – but there needed to be more evidence shown to make the argument. I also found it difficult to understand what your purpose was for writing.

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Beauty, strength, and power. It seems that you’re surrounded with reminders of these historical values that maybe are still present? Your blog is quite good because you provided images of these values and a bit of context on how we can think about them. I didn’t know that even back then, gender determined self-presentation of beauty, strength, and power. I wonder what they’d think of American Ninja Warrior? “What’s that girl doing flinging from obstacle to obstacle without any jewelry!” Just a thought. Had you brought in a bit more of a narrative, maybe what strikes you as similar to today’s expectations or what is truly localized and historical, I believe that this post would’ve encouraged Professor Skinner to shout with glee. Well, maybe not shout but she may have used her most exquisite Greek to exclaim “Excellent post!” There’s a goal for you and your comrades this summer.

    For your next blog entry, consider providing a bit more organization. You could, for instance, focus on beauty and discuss what it meant and how it perhaps stills influences today’s values. Then, bring in a few visuals to show what you mean. Move on to strength. Discuss the gender differences and then show us a few images and so on. A little more organization allows us to imagine what you’re seeing and experiencing and to justifiably feel anxious to visit the Getty Villa in Los Angeles with this new information. The more organized, you’ll find that the writing will prompt you to provide more details (evidence as your professor commented on).

    I look forward to your next post.

  3. Saludos Sarah!

    I love the images you showed and their descriptions. As someone living on the other side of the world and who has only seen these statues and items outside their original country and context, it is refreshing reading your post and imagining how these ideals and items would have existed in Ancient Greece.

    From what I gathered, you focused exclusively on how the upper class of Ancient Greece maintained their power. A beautiful woman who wore extravagant jewelry and attempted to look like Aphrodite meant she had power. On the other hand, if a man with strong with the physique of Hercules than he was obviously a man of power. Remember that we as readers who are located on the other side of the globe are limited to the information you provide us. While those around you might have known what your main argument was, we need to be told somewhere in the post! Don’t be afraid to be straightforward with your main points as this will ensure that your audience understands everything clearly.

    Otherwise, it enjoyed reading this post and look forward to your next entry!

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