If men in
Greek society were as strong as this, they could win every battle and Olympic
medal. Remember the Late Greek/Hellenistic Laocoon and His Two Sons? Even though Laocoon is
aged, his body is still that of a perfect athlete without body fat. Muscles
and movement are perfectly represented as he wrestles with the serpents, but
even in this example, Laocoon’s body is posed in an S-curve, as he also is
objectified and on display (seated on a pedestal). While he serves as the
virtuous and athletic role model for the viewer, his sons look up to him in
admiration as well. Very rarely, and only in its later phases, did Greek art
approach severe disegno esterno and the representation of the naked.
As in the Aphrodite of Melos,
humans were made into gods and gods into humans, placing most of the art
works into the realm of the Neoplatonic.