Ancient Greece by Diane Bailey

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On black-figure pots, artists had to etch in details into the form, whereas in red-figure pottery, they could paint them with a brush. As a result, the scenes on red-figure pots are much more detailed and natural, better showing people’s bodies, clothing, and facial expressions. Some artists also began signing their works, as a sense of pride of ownership emerged. Because sculptors were of higher status, it was more likely for them to sign their names than painters. indd 44 10/23/14 11:43 AM precisely in its place that the builders did not use mortar to fill the cracks.

Making sense of the physical world wasn’t enough. Rather, he encouraged men to understand their inner thoughts and value systems. Although Socrates recorded none of his beliefs in writing, he is remembered through the records of his students, notably Plato, who lived from 428 to 348 BCE. Plato built on the ideas of Socrates and added his own. He wrote in the form of dialogues, with Socrates regularly appearing as a character. Plato was passionate about examining the ideals of society and how they succeeded or failed in real life.

One reason many ancient Greeks had the time to exercise this right was because there were other men and women who were not allowed to participate. Slaves were an integral part of Greek society and not just owned by rich families. indd 30 10/23/14 11:42 AM is subject and naturally a slave. . ”5 In many ways, a slave’s life depended on where he or she lived. Different city-states had different standards for treating slaves. In Sparta, most slaves were treated harshly, and slaves in the silver mines outside of Athens worked long hours in horrific conditions.

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