Rulers and Ruled
And when the Persians crushed Miletos the
Greeks began to think of themselves and the non-Greeks as fundamentally
Contrast the noble naked Greek and the
The manly spear; the cowardly bow.
Severe style is only in art. Nothing austere
Characteristics: simplicity, strength, vigour, rationality, intelligence
Conveyed through proportion, sober expressions – fixed gaze showing determination and vigour, averted eyes perhaps showing thought
Remember: anti-elitism, restraint in the
air already – and these qualities had helped the Greeks squash the Persians; these were the qualities they had in spades and the Persians didn’t have at all.
Persai shows the contrast:
wealth, wealth, wealth and no wisdom or self-control
Severe style shunned elitism, and oriental
The Greeks reinvented representations of
themselves – buoyant after their success, their freedom, their characteristics.
Strong self-image now. After Persians left in 479.