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Myth and Culture

Questions for Further Research

  1. The Altar of Zeus at Pergamon is a prime example of the different aesthetic tastes that prevailed in the Hellenistic period. Study other Hellenistic sculptures such as the Laocoon and discuss how the Altar contrasts with Classical sculpture and is representative of the new trends in art.

  2. Compare the use that the Altar makes of mythological themes with similar uses in other Greek and Roman Architecture, especially the Parthenon.

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