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The appearance of the body was considered to be in some sense an index of the soul

The appearance of the body was considered to be in some sense an index of the soul

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The  appearance  of the body was considered to be in some sense an index of the soul, for one who  was careless in his physical appearance would in all likelihood manifest similar traits in his conduct  with his fellow humans. Beauty of the body and physical strength were both praised and admired,  and the reason for it was the fact that these qualities were especially useful as means toward the  fulfillment of those purposes for which human beings existed. A homely or deformed body was  regarded as one of the greatest of misfortunes, and to be deprived of normal physical capacities was  something that was not only regretful but was usually treated with contempt. Impotence among men  and barrenness in women were occasions for reproach. Even in the case of statuary, it was a rule of the greatest importance to see that the figures were  properly balanced and placed on the right center of gravity. Any departure from this rule would 
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