Art And Politics In Ancient Greece's Influence On Society

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When looking back on ancient societies, arts and politics are often scrutinized by historians, used as key sources to illuminate how the population functioned, and in many cases, thrived. Ancient Greece was a society that thrived in unimaginable ways, with advances in architecture, entertainment, and politics that have influenced much of today 's societies around the world. While some may argue that politics and the arts, both developed separately in Ancient Greece, the arts actually impacted the development of politics and the society as a whole, and the influence of politics on the arts was likewise. Arts such as visual art, literature, music, and dance each were influenced by, and had their own influence on, the development of government and politics in Ancient Greece. Art was, and still is, a very popular form of expression within societies. In Ancient Greece, visual arts such as paintings, pottery, and architecture were just some of the many significant mediums through which art was created. These artworks flourished and were found all over cities expressing their values of religion. The government also had a strong influence on the creation of large scale artistic projects, reserving land for the creation of temples and palaces. One such reservation was made for the building of the Acropolis, home to one of the greatest Greek buildings the world, The Parthenon (see figure 1). Built by the Greeks of Athens for their patron goddess Athena, The Parthenon was an enormous
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