Olympism In Classical Greece

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The start of the period known as "Classical Greece" starts at around 800 B.C.E. and ends around 400 B.C.E. Classical Greece tells tales of Athens against Sparta, the Peloponnesian War. But that is only some of the events, as the achievements are a feat to behold. New branches of mathematics, such as geometry established new theorems, columns were prominently used in buildings of importance, and the first Olympics were first held to honor the gods and celebrate human achievement. The contributions of classical Greece are seen in Western civilization in the continuation of the Olympics, in the realistic depiction of subjects in various forms of art, in the development of medical ethics, in the architectural use of columns in the Western building…show more content…
The tradition started in 776 B.C.E, in Olympia. According to the official Olympic association, the point of the Olympics is to support Olympism. They define Olympism as, "Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles" (https://www.olympic.org/the-ioc/what-we-do Promote Olympism). This was the basic goal in Olympia as well. To celebrate the human body and what it could do. Today, we have this as well. Although more events have been added to it, and women are allowed to compete, the spirit of the Olympics is still there. However, there is something else still there; Cheating. Recently, Russian athletes were banned from competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics as they were caught doping. Doping is, as defined by Dictionary.com, “an act or instance of giving a narcotic, usually a steroid, to an athlete to unfairly boost performance in a competition.” So, in a basic sense, Russian athletes were cheating. However, this isn't new. Since the rebirth of the Olympics in 1896, there have been 148 medals stripped due to cheating. Cheating has gone on since the original Olympics though. There is a Greek myth about a woman named Atlanta. Atlanta offered to marry any person who could beat her in a race—yet those whom she beat she killed. In one race, a man…show more content…
As mentioned before, ancient Greece was inspired by the human body, and how beautiful it is. The origin of sculpting and modeling the human body started there in Greece. The sculpture called "Discobolus" is one of the most well-known works of art ever created. Typically, an easy way to know if a work of art is famous, inspiring, or simply amazing is if it has been replicated. Discobolus has been (Document 9). It also shows the spirit of the Olympics in this; the beauty of the body. This type of art resurfaces again later in the 14th century through the 17th century. One of the best examples to look at is Michelangelo's
"David." "David" was created at some time between 1501 and 1504, as the exact time date is not known. David completely models the ancient Greek sculpture style. It is a passed down art form from ancient Greece. "David" is a remnant of not only the Italian Renaissance but also a relic showing how Greek sculpting culture was long-lived. Discobolus and David have many similarities. Both are sculpted, both marvel at the beauty of the human body, and both are in the style of Greek sculpture. Sculpture found its way into the western world and will remain
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