Artifact Analysis Essay
Clearly Greek pottery was not simply practical but it also reveals the social and cultural values of the artists. Greek pottery is important because they tell us so much about how life was in Athens and other ancient Greek cities. Archaeologists rely heavily on pottery as important evidence for recreating Greek life. Most Greek pottery was shaped for a particular function or a number of functions. In this essay I will talk about music and entertainment, an important part of the daily life in ancient Greece, slavery and the major role it played in the time and, how education in ancient Greece was far different from education today. Music and Entertainment: The ancient Greeks were music lovers and an important part of their daily lives was performed at public gatherings, ceremonies, festivals, and the theatre, sporting events and even on the battlefield. The Hydria water jug showed an instrument being played called a doule-aulos. This was a pair of pipes with vibrating reeds that worked like the mouthpiece of a modern bassoon. The musicians were also wearing special supportive cheek-straps while they played the instruments. One form of entertainment Greek men greatly enjoyed was the symposium, or drinking party. Women were banned from these lively occasions, unless they were employed to entertain the men with their music or dancing. The Psykter was a special item for the symposium. This jug was filled with ice-cold water then sat in the middle of a krater filled with wine, so as to cool it. This psykter showed a group of satyrs, followers of the wine-god Dionysos, partying wildly on its sides. (www.ancientgreece.co.uk) Slavery: Slavery played a major role in ancient Greek civilization. Shown on the ancient Greece website were numerous vases with stories of slaves. There were different ways in which a person could have become a slave in ancient Greece. A lot of slaves were children that had been born into slavery....
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