Saturday, October 4, 2014
The Greeks' View on Barbarity
When studying the Hellenistic Period, I thought it was really interesting how the Greeks defined and depicted barbarity. The Dying Gaul was meant to focus on individualism, emphasizing the body, especially when it came to the strong muscle. In Fleming, it mentions how the rough musculature and powerful body was meant to be a statement on how the Gauls were barbarians. I think it's interesting that powerful and strong muscle was the definition of barbarity in this time period when today it would probably be quite the opposite. Since the Greeks were so focused on the idealized and balanced body of the Hellenic period, they decided by depicting the opposite type of image of the body this would make the Gauls barbarians. The Greeks depicted the Gauls differently in order to distinguish others from themselves. The idea of them portraying the Gauls as having the opposite type of look, rough and muscular rather than balanced and idealized, is interesting to me. It shows how racist the Greeks were during this time period, for by portraying others as different than how they were, this defined other people as barbarians.