GREEK ART

By Colin Jeffer

This piece of a soldier's shield-strap is covered in scenes of Greek Mythology. One of them is of Meneloas reclaiming his wife Helen after the Trojan War. On the right, the goddess Athena looks on. Under that there is a scene of the centaur Nessos abducting Deianeira, the wife of the hero Herakles.
This statue is from the battle of the Giants against the gods as they try to overthrow them. The giant was shown in combat, but his opponent is missing from the statue. He is raising his right arm to protect himself from an attack. The overall messiness of the character itself symbolizes his barbarity and wildness.
This statue was taken from the mythological battle between the giants and the gods. The position of the giant suggests he was originally on uneven ground. The theme of Gods against Giants was very common in Greek Art and it eventually symbolized the triumph of Greeks over Barbarians. Giants were generally depicted as human, but very wild and not like the normal human.
In the time of the Greeks, many artists wanted to blend the Greek Art with Egyptian Art. New gods were invented, such as this Zeus-Serapis. This combined elements of Zeus (Greek), Osiris (Egyptian), and the Sacred Bull Apis. The three corkscrew curls over his head were very common for this god's iconography. The artist to first create this statue was Bryaxis, who was Greek.
This helmet is an example of the Corinthian personal armor. It was created from a single sheet of bronze. The style of this helmet included a cap-shaped top, a solid nose guard, and flared cheek pieces, but had no ear holes. The holes on top were used for securing a crest to the helmet, usually for a family or organization. The complete uniqueness and decorative aspects of this helmet makes it a beautiful piece of history.
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