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Antimenes painter
530-500 B.C.
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  • To the people of ancient Greece, the hero Herakles (HAIR-a-kleez) embodied the best of mortal human beings and Gods. Stories of his accomplishments were very popular.

  • This black-figure vase, called a hydria (high-DREE-a), is a good example of the qualities of harmony and SYMMETRY, highly prized by the Greeks in their art.

  • The Greeks thought of their gods as humans, as the paintings on this hydria show.

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