Classical Studies 3400E Chapter Notes -Ancient Agora Of Athens, Kouros, Pubic Hair

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Phallus there was no privatization of erotic images as today. 1 on a pillar with genitals, representations of the god hermes. They were found at crossroads, in the agora, in sanctuaries and private doorways: herms. Phalluses as stylized symbols represent fertility, regeneration, and masculine strength. They were also very likely an apotropaic symbols (like eyes, laughter): phallus cups etc, penises at delos, figures at olympia: (800-700 bce). Later, greek men are naked while women are clothed. The kouroi (600 -500 bce) are also naked: we don"t know what the type was called in antiquity. All kouroi (and the type is found even outside attica) are young, unbearded (pubic hair may have been painted on; traces have been found). Kouroi stood in cemeteries as grave markers or in sanctuaries as votive offerings. Several have features worth noting: the new york kouros (600 bce, marble, 6") has the odd beaded hairstyle found on so many kouroi and is wearing only a neckband.

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