By Harry Mount for the Daily Mail. Perhaps the most famous Greek sculpture of all, Discobolos, the discus-thrower, shows how athletes competed in the nude. About two-and-a-half thousand years ago, a cultural miracle took place in ancient Greece. Democracy was born in Athens, the first great tragedies and comedies were written — and statues were carved that were more astonishingly lifelike than ever before. Warriors die on the Trojan battlefield in the buff.
We all know the ancient Greek art depicting gorgeous male bodies, with well defined and developed muscles, always ready to act. Male nudes seem a norm of the ancient Greek art, but don't think that ancient Greeks lived like in a nudist camp. Historians have stated that, in fact, ancient Greeks kept their clothes on for the most part of the time. New investigation allures that art might have been depicting life more than previously thought. Nakedness was a means to enhance various men traits, from heroism and the status of defeated. Hurwit's research shows that nudity appeared in some situations in ancient Greece. Males gave up of their togas in the bedroom and at the symposia parties, where they ate, drunk and caroused, but also on the athletic fields and at the Olympic Games.
When the British Museum opens its blockbuster exhibition of Greek sculpture this spring, curators believe visitors may have one burning question. While the neighbouring Egyptian and Assyrian galleries are filled with fully clothed gods and mortals, the ancient Greeks chose to depict the human body in its natural state. Elgin Marbles: British Museum loan 'an affront' to Greek people. What Angela Merkel will see at the British Museum. What painting naked women has taught me.
Male nudes are the norm in Greek art , even though historians have stated that ancient Greeks kept their clothes on for the most part. New research suggests that art might have been imitating life more closely than previously thought. Nudity was a costume used by artists to depict various roles of men, ranging from heroicism and status to defeat. Hurwit's newly published research shows that the Greeks did walk around in the buff in some situations.