Classical Era Art Artefacts & Antiquities - 700 BC - 500 AD - Pictures & Images { 96 galleries }

Pictures of Classical era artefacts, antiquities of the Etruscans, Lycians, Greeks & Romans. Classical Antiquity stated in about the 8th century BC with the anarchic era and ended around the 5th century AD when the western Roman Empire collapsed. Of course its influence is still with us today as can be seen in the Greco-Roman collections of every major art museum and in the neo-classical fronts of public buildings throughout the Western World. Classical Antiquity started when the city states of the Eastern Mediterranean, in particular the Greek City States, grew in power and turned art, architecture, writing and philosophy into high culture. Hellenic historic art spread to other cultures around the Mediterranean and its influences can be found in Etruscan and Lycian historic art. The Romans loved Greek culture and when they eventually conquered all of the Mediterranean they spread Greco-Roman art and architecture that is familiar to all of us today. Much of the Greek sculpture of Classical Antiquity only exists as Roman copies of earlier Greek originals. This makes dividing Classical Antiquity into Greek separate from Roman impossible. The Romans occupied the Greek cities of Magna Greca in present and southern city as well as all the Greek City States of the Eastern Mediterranean. This makes separating Ancient Greek architecture from Roman architecture difficult. Great Greek Doric Temples were left standing when the Romans occupied Greek Cities and redevelopment was carried out in a Greek Style. Many Greco-Roman historic artefacts survive from Classical Antiquity and our great museums exhibit incredible collections of Classical Period sculpture, pottery, mosaics and frescoes as well as every day objects from all the civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean. Download pictures of Classical era artefacts, antiquities & ancient Hellenic Greco-Roman historical art as stock photos or buy as photo wall art on line

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