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Who made christianity legal, and then it later became the official rel

Who made christianity legal, and then it later became the official rel

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Who made christianity legal, and then it later became the official religion?



Minoan and Mycenaean Art: 

∙ Exists at 1500 BC

∙ Cycladic world is the island/Crete (Minoan) people; Helladic world is  the main land (Mycenaean) people

∙ Marble is used a lot in Minoan artwork

o Cycladic idols represent fertility and have very simple features o Metamorphic state of limestone

o Birthing-chair sculpture is made of marble

∙ Very little Minoan architecture exists

o Has columns, post & lintel system, and townhouse-like structures  Island had two earthquakes at 1600 and 1400 BC;  

everything was destroyed and became uninhabited


What is a dolphin mural?



∙ Only bad thing about the Minoan civilization

∙ Minoans lived a happy and stress-free life

∙ Minoan architecture is highly painted and decorated

o Beautiful sculptures and wall paintings all over; they had a lot of  murals

 Dolphin mural shows dolphins swimming among fish and  coral; it’s a mural, not a fresco

∙ Minoans were not warlike. They were a very calm and peaceful people. ∙ Minoans had a lot of free-time

o Boxing was a rite of passage, but was a sport, which was done  for fun

∙ La Parisienne: woman of the night; painting of a woman wearing  makeup and hair down


What is a written language for the minoans, composed of symbols?



∙ If pottery was lopsided, it meant that people were worried ∙ Pithos jars were large and created to hold things, well-made which  shows the good temperament of society at the time We also discuss several other topics like What is z-score?

o Early pottery was baked by the sun and decorated; many of the  decorations represent nature

 Octopus vase was the most famous vase (free-form  

decorative pattern)

∙ The bull was used as a sport and domesticated by Minoans o Paintings showcasing this represent how men are superior to  everything We also discuss several other topics like What is a measure of an atom's ability to attract the shared electrons in a chemical bond?

∙ There was trade going on between India and the Minoans because of  ivory being used

∙ Linear B is a written language for the Minoans, composed of symbols ∙ Snake goddess: has a long skirt, open bodes, eye makeup, and  holding two snakes

o Trying to control nature; put into households to scare away evil  spirits

∙ Gold was not uncommon in the ancient world because it was easy to  find and work with

∙ Mainland Greece is much harsher, where the Mycenaeans lived o Famous lions’ gates=animals of might and power If you want to learn more check out Differentiate frequency from the wavelength.

 Both Minoans and Myceneans used animals as decorations  ∙ Beehive tomb looks like a beehive and has very precise cuts o Mycenaean artwork comes from circle graves/tombs

∙ Gold disks started appearing; decorated with animals and had different weights; this was a type of currency

∙ Minoans and Mycenaeans had gold jewelry Don't forget about the age old question of The delta subunit that binds to calcium is called?

Greek Art: 

∙ Geometric, archaic, classical, Hellenistic We also discuss several other topics like William hershel counted stars in how many regions?

∙ On the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas

∙ Fertility figures were made of marble We also discuss several other topics like Where do stars tend to form?

∙ Many geometric figures

o Geometric horses: made of bronze and all one piece; serve as  decoration

∙ Greeks believed the Gods were always watching; men were punished  for disobeying the gods; there was civil law, but Gods above that ∙ Centaur=half man, half horse

∙ Apollo figures were often placed inside of temples

∙ Geometric art and eye makeup= Archaic period

∙ Amphoria: most commonly shaped vase, often with geometric  patterns and told a story

o Orientalizing: saw something; use of Mesopotamian oriental art and put it in art

∙ Kouros figure is from the Archaic period

o male votive/praying figure placed in temples

o Kore is a female votive figure

o Cornrow hair is archaic

∙ Calf-bearer: man holding a calf to give birth to the gods; has  cornrows, smiling, thick legs===Archaic

∙ Contrapposto: the natural way of standing that indicates a spine ∙ In the classical period, people were painted/sculpted to look beautiful ∙ Bronze is rare, but when used, allowed for freer sculptures o Found in the sea and a prized possession

∙ Hairstyles begin to change in the year 500 BC; also begin to look like  sculptures are inhaling

∙ In the classical era, there was a math equation created for the height  of your body

o Head x 7.5

o Canon of proportions

∙ Amazons: women of beauty, strength, and desirability and intelligence ∙ Doric (plain), ionic (scrolls), and Corinthian (leaves) are the three  orders of columns

∙ Foundation, façade, column, pediment, cella=parts of a temple ∙ Start seeing beautiful and handsome head sculptures around the 5th century

∙ 5th century BC=Classical Era=most important to remember ∙ Greeks built temples to pay homage to the Gods

∙ Column: single-carved stone pillars that support the horizontal o Made of multiple sections, not just one piece

∙ Greek temples are made of limestone

∙ Pediment is the triangle in front; used to be painted ∙ Cella is inside, where the people worship the Gods

∙ Capital is the top of the column; three different orders (Doric, ionic,  Corinthian)

∙ Most Greek temples were decorated with sculptures

∙ The front of the temple is the façade

∙ Acropolis in Athens; means “high town”

∙ The Parthenon is a Doric Greek temple; statue of Athena was inside o Athena: goddess of wisdom and war; Athena Nike is the small  sidekick

∙ Caryatid: column that is the shape of a woman; head is the capital ∙ During the Hellenistic era, the figures became more heroic ∙ Sculptures often made in groups to tell a story (Hellenistic) ∙ Hellenistic era: 1st-3rd century, before the Greeks were defeated by the  Romans

∙ Female figures began to take on a theatrical look

∙ Slip: a liquid clay with a silicon base that would be put in a kiln and  then come out with a glaze; introduction of ceramics

o Black figures: has black figures, painted with slip

o Red figures: has red figures, painted with slip

o If you want to paint something black, you painted it with slip o To make red figures, you painted the background black with the  slip

∙ 50 BC-1 BC: the boxer, bronze Hellenistic figure

o Communication between viewer and sculpture

∙ Laocoon: story relates to the Trojan war: he was a prophet that said,  “beware of Greeks bearing gifts,” made Gods mad, and they ordered  him to be dead; figure depicts him, and his two sons being straggled  by serpents; made of one piece of marble

o Example of Hellenism

∙ The Romans were the first people to make portraits

Etruscan and Roman Art: 

∙ Etruscans lived in central Italy

∙ Etruscans copied a lot of what the Greeks did

∙ Tufa: material that is volcanic and make structures

∙ Etruscans were wall painters

∙ Apollo of Veii is the largest statue left standing; made of terra cotta  clay and made in several pieces

∙ Couples tombs were the most telling sculptures

∙ Cinerary urns hold a person’s cremated remains; Etruscans believed  in cremation

∙ The Etruscans cast metals.

∙ The Etruscans has gold.

∙ Roman Empire: 600 BC-400 AD

o She-wolf is the symbol of Rome

∙ The Romans built temples with the same orders that Greece did ∙ The Romans added engineering to their architecture

o arch, dome, used cement/brick & mortar, created viaducts  (moved water)

∙ Romans had different types of outdoor temples

∙ Romans made portraits (sculptures of a specific person) ∙ The Romans copied the Greeks as well

∙ Pompeii, located in the Mediterranean, was located next to Mt.  Vesuvius. This volcano erupted in 79 AD and destroyed the whole city,  covering it in ashes and preserving a lot of stuff under it

o when everything was dug up, it was all in the same position that  the people died in (freeze frozen in time)

∙ Christianity rose towards the end of the Roman empire o Constantine made Christianity legal, and then it later became the official religion

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