A consumer asks
HOW DOES ANCIENT GREEK ART HELP US UNDERSTAND THE GREEKS?
How does it help us understand their technology, political roles, religion, etc?
I need the info FOR a school project.
Well, ancient Greek art often serves as relics for studying the past. Popular forms of their art included Vase painting, sculpture, friezes, architecture and temples.
In vase painting we can trace the development of artistic styles and tools used to create the images. What started off as very basic designs that often looked like nazi symbols (no jokes) in one color, changed over time to intricate images on white background, red figures, black figures, etc. Some of these artists, like the Ezekias painter were the celebrated artists at the time. These painters usually broke new ground, especially in realistically portraying scenes. This is the same for sculpture. As artists developed their skills, they experimented with different positions of the body, and ultimately became more adept at recreating reality.
Also, the images on vase paintings illustrated waht was important at the time. Often these images portrayed gods, mythological heroes like Achilles and Ajax, or Centaurs and Dionysus running around behaving badly. With sculpture, images of politicians became important. Often these sculptures were not real to life, but emphasized a politicians good looking features, making him seem more powerful, better looking, etc.
Socially, we see the development of the female image. Very early sculptures depicted fully clothed women; soon women were depicted with drapes hanging over them, and then the drapes became thin and veiled, then they were half nude. This would reflect the changing taboo of the naked figure. Much art from ancient Greece depicts lewd scenes, and scenes of young boys naked while an older man watches on. This aspect of ancient Greece was often not mentioned in literature, but we have become privy to it through their art.
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A consumer asks
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD ENGLISH SPEAKING AMINE/CARTOONS?
I have just finished watching the avatar and really liked it, are there any more cartoons like it? I don't want to watch ones that speak in Japanese.
If you could give me a brief description of the show that'd be great too. Thanks!
The series follows Rookie team Satomi as they first enter into the big league IG-1. IG-1 races consist of two teams of three. They compete on a 60-mile track at speeds upwards of 350 mph. 1st place receives 15 points, 2nd receives 7 points, 3rd gets 5 points, ect. The objective is to complete three laps on the course without getting taken out. Each lap consists of a different stage. The 1st lap is just a setup lap to get a feel for the course and planning out strategy, but the 2nd lap is the battle round. In this lap you out right try to destroy your opponent on the course while race at 300 plus mile per hour. You want to do what ever it takes to eliminate your opponent because if one of them doesn't finish, it mean more point for your team. The third lap is the speed round were you convert into speed mode to try to get to the finish first.
I'm not really one for racing, but I thought this series was original and really an exciting watch.
Gundam Seed/Gundam Seed Destiny (mecha/action/drama)
The series begins with the war between Earth and the space colonies like most gundam series. The war if fought between Earth Alliance, ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty) or normal humans known as "Naturals" and the genetically altered humans known as "Coordinators".
The Earth Alliance producing five prototype Gundams on a neutral colony but ZAFT discovers this and steals four of the prototypes. Kira Yamato, a coordinator living in the neutral colony, get caught in the battle and is forced to pilot one of the prototype Gundams to protect his friends and his self. In doing this, he is also forced to fight one of his long time friends who he discovers is now part of the ZAFT forces.
Fate Stay Night (Action/romance/fantasy)
the show is about the Holy Grail War which involves a series of battles among powerful sorcerers to fight for the possession of a relic that will grant one's wishes, the Holy Grail. There are altogether seven "Masters" who can summon their respective "Servants" from different classes known as Saber, Archer, Rider, Berserker, Lancer, Caster and Assassin. These "Servants" have to hide their names in order not to reveal their weaknesses to the enemies because each one of the servants is an epic hero from earths past. The main character, Shirou Emiya, treat treats Saber just like any other woman and not like a servant which is something that she is not used too. Saber feels that she must fight without any care for what happens to herself, but Shirou, feels the exact opposite. He tries everything to keep her from getting hurt and often times ends up hurting himself in the process.
Megas XLR (comedy/action/mecha)
In the distant, distant future humans are at war against an alien race known as the Glorft. The war isn't going well against them so they put all of there hopes into a prototype giant robot stolen from the Glorft and modifies it, renaming it MEGAS (Mechanized Earth Guard Attack System). They planned to send Megas back in time to fight in some major battle the world turn the war in their favor, but in an unexpected Glorft attack, Megas ended up being see way back in time to the 1930s. Megas sat around in a junkyard for years until it ended up in the hands of two slackers, Coop and Jamie who turns Megas into a hot rod project and names it XLR, for eXtra Large Robot.
Kiva, the designer of Megas, and the Glorft also go back in time in the hopes of retrieving Megas, but when Kiva finds it she discovers that she is unable to pilot it due to all of Coop's modifications. Coop jerry-rig together a new set of controls using a car and various videogame controls. Coop's constant video game playing has made him the perfect pilot for the remodeled Megas, so Kiva had no choice but to train Coop in Megas' proper use until she can repair the timedrive. Although Megas isn't exactly an anime, it's still a great show. They spoof all kinds of shows from Sailor Moon to Voltron. It's just great.
A consumer asks
WHAT ANIME(S) THAT HAVE ACTION AND CLOSER TO REALITY?
History's Strongest Disciple - all about martial arts; although the strength and physique of some characters are unbelievable, it is close to reality than anime like Street Fighter that uses some fire balls and stuff.
Basilisk - not only it is better than the Naruto anime, it is more realistic. Well, this anime shows what ninjas are really like; The Naruto ninjas are fake except Sasuke and some bad guys.
PEACE MAKER KUROGANE (historical, drama, samurai, comedy, action)
Peace Maker Kurogane takes place in Kyoto in the late 19th century, during the height of the conflict between the Shinsengumi, a shogunal police force, and its enemy, an anti-government faction called the Choshu. This tale follows a young boy named Ichimura Tetsunosuke who is desperate to join the Shinsengumi and avenge his parents' deaths by the hands of the Choshu. But in the midst of the bloodshed, will he be strong enough to survive?
SHURA NO TOKI (action, martial arts, historical)
In Japan, legends tell of a strong clan of warriors who fought unarmed and walked the path of the undefeated. Since the Heian period, this clan known as the Shura helped shape and form history as we know it with the help of their legendary Mutsu Enmei-Ryuu style. Watch history unfold in this epic tale as the Shura and their ancestors witness the days of the swordfighter Musashi, fight with the one-eyed Jubei Yagyu and help influence the fall of the Shogunate and Shinsengumi; and most importantly, touch the hearts and minds of everyone they meet
RUROUNI KENSHIN (action, samurai, drama)
In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?
SAMURAI SEVEN (action, fantasy, drama)
In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?
COWBOY BEBOP (action, drama, comedy, bounty hunters)
Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?
BAKUMATSU KIKANSETSU IROHANIHOHETO (action, historical, tragedy)
It is the era of Bakumatsu - the last years of the shogunate. In the general turmoil caused by warring groups with different political interests, a curious theatrical group known as the Yuyama Troupe is set out for revenge. They come across a mysterious young swordsman, Akizuki Youjirou, who seems to be burdened with a dark past. Thrown around by currents of history, powerful people from different factions and personal relations, Akizuki tries to fulfill his mission to destroy an ancient, cursed relic, the Lord's Head, which has caused chaos and bloodshed for thousands of years.
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