My Favorite 6 Art of Antiquity
1. Arachidamia of Sparta
The Arachidamia of Sparta¬†piece of art represents the image of Arachidamia, a wealthy queen who led the Spartan area. She was wife to Eudamidas and she is believed to have lived up to 241 BC. The reason this art is important is that of the highlight it offers about the growth of women through leadership and the history of the role of women in the development of societies.
2. The Spartan Hoplite
As the name suggests, the Spartan Hoplite piece of art speaks about a Hoplite, which was basically a heavy warrior armed. The soldier is seen to carry a dory spear and shield and these weapons were honed to offer the most effective defense. This piece of art although it highlights the history of hundreds of years past shows the evolution of governance and the fact that structured systems of control have been in place for many years.
3. The Caves of Lascaux
Discovered in September 1940, the Caves of Lascaux are dated more than 17000 years ago and this again shows the evolution of creativity and an important pointer to the fact human beings have a mysterious past that is yet to be explored. It would be difficult to believe that as far away as the paintings indicate human beings were capable of creating paintings.
4. The Altamira Cave Paintings
Another piece of antiquity art that I find interesting is the Altamira cave paintings, which show records dating as far as 14,000 years ago. They offer a great representation of human history and recreation as well as documentation. Some of them were done in the upper Paleolithic, something that shows a long journey into the growth and development of human history and behavior.
5. Mongolian Altai Petroglyphic Complexes
These art collections cover an area of 15 km2 and there are about 10,000 figures that are drawn from the Neolithic period and Bronze Age including paintings that show livestock, which gives a hint to the basic survival activities the people who lived in the region at that time relied on.
6. Pompeii, Italy
Most of the art pieces drawn from this subject highlight the volcanic eruption that wiped villages and this history has been preserved never to be erased from the face of the earth. It forms an interesting story that has also made it into movies and books.