Messenger A new exhibition at the British Museum promises to lift the lid on what beauty meant for the ancient Greeks. But while we gaze at the serene marble statues on display — straining male torsos and soft female flesh — are we seeing what the ancients saw? The feelings that beautiful faces and bodies rouse in us no doubt seem both personal and instinctive — just as they presumably did for the ancient Greeks who first made and enjoyed these artworks. But our reactions are inevitably shaped by the society we live in.
The ancient Greeks knew it wasn't rude to be nude - Telegraph
Ancient Greek Women in Sport One of the main themes of sport in ancient Greece is that of separation of the genders. The genders were divided and the society emphasized different traits in both males and females. A great statesman of Greece wrote on the female gender saying that "Fame will be great Adult women those who were married were prohibited from attending the Olympics by the laws of Ellis the city that hosted the games. If a female participant was caught in the Olympic stadium, the city of Ellis stated that they were to be thrown into the river from Mount Typaion. Kallipateira, from a noble family, disguised herself as a trainer to watch her son fight and win the Olympic prize for Boxing. During the award ceremony, Kallipateria rushed out to greet her son and congratulate him.
Lydia Schriemer Schriemer 1 Female nudity, in Greek sculpture between the beginning of the Archaic period and the middle of the first century BCE1, is conspicuous only in its absence. It did appear, but only rarely, and under very specific circumstances. Through the lens of the Archaic kouroi and korai it is possible to establish a basis against which to compare any later changes in female dress. These figures offer the unique opportunity to compare the concept of male and female nudity while taking into account the Greek idea of heroic nudity and the disconnect between Greek views on nudity and those of the rest of the Mediterranean world.
February 2, New research suggests that art might have been imitating life more closely than previously thought. Nudity was a costume used by artists to depict various roles of men, ranging from heroicism and status to defeat. Men strode about free of their togas in the bedroom and at parties called symposia, where they would eat, drink and carouse.