Discussion Topic: Ancient Greek Men and Today’s Man


Polykleitos’ Doryphoros (c.450-440) is regarded as an example of the ideal Greek male. Read the famous funeral oration given by Pericles, leader of Athens, during the Peloponnesian War. Highlight one trait of manliness in Pericles’ speech and discuss how the statue of the Doryphorus exemplifies this characteristic. Then compare this trait of the Greek ideal male to today’s ideas of masculinity.  Do you think we share the same ideals as the Ancient Greeks?

Read Pericles Funeral Speech here

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