HW4: Is It Time To Take Down The Mona Lisa?

It is shocking to read that so many visitors are disappointed with seeing The Mona Lisa but in a time that is heavily into criticism and social media, it might be a good idea to move the Mona Lisa to a new location. As the article suggest, building The Mona Lisa it’s own space. I think they should even go as far to add other attractions that will up the experience of viewing The Mona Lisa for everyone. This will help lower the disappointment with visitors and give them more “instagramable” content but the Mona Lisa will always have critics.

HW2: How Would You Rebuild a Gothic Church?

After reading the article and hearing opinions from both sides, I think the Notre Dame should be rebuilt the same way. This is due to the fact that if the fire had never happened, there would be no need to change it. No one was thinking of changing it before hand because the design and architecture became apart of Paris’ culture, history, and a religion. It should be rebuilt with the same design as before but the way it’s rebuilt should be updated to make it more sturdy and safe. This would help prevent another tragedy like this from happening.

How Evil Was Commodus?

Commodus was obsessed with Hercules for,  “He allowed statues of himself to be erected with the accouterments of Hercules;” . This obsession led him to act out of cruelty for he wanted power. His efforts to gain power consisted of disgracing and slaughtering others as well as torturing others for his own amusement. For example, “he put a starling on the head of one man who, as he noticed, had a few white hairs, resembling worms, among the black, and caused his head to fester through the continual pecking of the bird’s beak”. Commodus was an evil man that believed through his obsession of Hercules, that he was like a god. He had sacrifices  done in his name and he sought out to execute  a number of men to show his status. This obsession also led to questionable sexual acts, as he had in his company men that were named after both female and male sexual parts and he would give them kisses. He also forced people to complete embarrassing and demoralizing acts while naked. Such as when he made Julianus dance naked in front of others while “clashing cymbals”. These numerous acts of cruelty show just how evil Commodus was.