But many have no idea of its ancient origins. Athletes competed naked Athletes competed naked as a tribute to the Greek God Zeus. They wanted to show Zeus their physical power and muscular physique. Showing off their bodies also helped intimidate other competitors. Since Greek heroes were often depicted nude in artwork and sculptures, this inspired athletes to train harder and win their event. Athletes wanted to be compared to true heroes like Hercules and Achilles.
Why Greek statues are always NAKED answered at British Museum
Why the Greeks let it all hang out - The Oldie
By Harry Mount for the Daily Mail. Perhaps the most famous Greek sculpture of all, Discobolos, the discus-thrower, shows how athletes competed in the nude. About two-and-a-half thousand years ago, a cultural miracle took place in ancient Greece. Democracy was born in Athens, the first great tragedies and comedies were written — and statues were carved that were more astonishingly lifelike than ever before. Warriors die on the Trojan battlefield in the buff. Athletes hurl the discus in the altogether. Goddesses step into the bath without a stitch on.
Why Ancient Greeks are Always Nude
Blog By Harry Mount Feb 02, They would have been amazed by the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris in , and the row over depicting religious figures, fully-clothed or otherwise. Zeus, Apollo and Poseidon were regularly sculpted in the nude. Fifth century Athens was a strange, unprecedented combination of artistic freedom and rigid artistic rules. There were strict ratios governing the relationship between the height of columns, their width and how far apart they were.
T he oddity of ancient sculpture often escapes us. A male nude, a Greek statue, has become very familiar over the past 2, years: it is what we expect of ancient statuary, that it show off its muscles. At times it can seem overly familiar, a bit tacky or tawdry or maybe just banal, evoking the withdrawing room of an aesthete of the s, a gay sauna in the s or the yard at the back of a modern garden centre alongside the blue-glazed planters and bird baths.