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identify the power and prestige that he holds, but with theAnavysosKouros, the onlyinformation that can be gleaned at a glance is that he was fit, handsome, and was a soldier. TheGreeks loved warriors: they take the center stage in nearly all the myths about demi-gods.
CasanaWhile they thought equating themselves to gods would be blasphemy, they strived to be andrepresent themselves as god-like as possible. The Greeks linked outer beauty with the innertraits that they valued such as honor and duty, especially when the state was concerned. Kroisoswas depicted as beautiful because his actions were beautiful. There was no higher glory thandying for your country.The only reason either men had a funerary statue was because they hadthe money for it. Khafre, as the supreme ruler, was obscenely wealthy and had many statuesmade, as well as his funerary complex.Kroisos must have come from a family with the moneyfor a very large grave marker. Khafre’s elaborate temple complex, with his pyramid and sphinxserve to remind any visitors of his supreme position in Egyptian society. Most visitors wouldprobably not feel personal grief, but be awed by the display of power before them. Most visitorsto the Anavysos Kouros would be there because they were personally connected to Kroisos, orpassed it during their visit to a loved one’s grave. This viewing would be a much more solemnaffair. Thedichotomyof the youth in his prime with the location that is surrounded by death isstrikes a more sentimental chord for the audience.Even though there are some striking similarities, here are more differences to be foundbetween Khafre Enthroned and the Anavysos Kouros. Both were created as funerary objects,and both were depicted as idealized, so they lacked individualized features. Yet KhafreEnthroned and Anavysos Kouros promoted different ideas and values to their audience. Thestatue of Khafre Enthroned shows Khafre as the supreme ruler he was, and The AnavysosKouros portrayedKroisos as the perfect Greek son, beautiful and willing to die for his country. Asweeping glance might cause an uneducated view to lump these works simply under a funerarystatue. Closer examination revels information that lie under the surface as suggestions;
Casanasuggesting the power of Khafre, suggesting the glory ofKroisos’ sacrifice, suggesting theperfection of these men. This information, combined with the context of the piece help modernpeople understand history better. The knowledge extracted is much more intimate that readinga passage from a history book, and is derived more directly from the psyche of the culture fromwhere it came.Word Count: 1746
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Ancient Greece, Archaic Greece, Anavysos Kouros, Khafre Enthroned

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