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antique and beauty

updated sun 31 aug 97


Hluch - Kevin A. on mon 25 aug 97

Slowly, the pottery apprentice was beginning to appreciate why he had been
sent to the workshop of the master sculptor Polykleitos. He was beginning
to understand that the concept of "inter-relatedness" was an essential one
to the people of this land. Certainly, the world had never seen such
beauty described by the proportions established in the master's figures.
He was, after all, famous throughout the city states. As the musical
notes of a nearby lyre player floated into his consciousness he suddenly
realized the concept of inter-relatedness were also used to produce
even those harmonic chords! If the integration of all of the numerical
parts into beautiful harmonious sculpture was the secret to his master's
success (and the lyre player's), just think what this could mean to his
own pottery workshop. For was not the potter working with the same
elements of the human form as the sculptor? With lip, neck, mouth,
shoulder, belly and foot the potter struggled with the problem of harmony
as earnestly as the sculptor. And the potter's beauty could lend grace
to even the most humble slave's abode. All of this was well and good but
his primary aim was "techne". That is, with practice he would produce
the most beautiful of all of the amphoras. HIS would serve as the prize
for the most fleet runner Robustius ("And the most physically attractive",
he mused.) of the forthcoming games. His pots would be both good and
beautiful since what was the sense in making something ugly?
Certainly, the atheletes in their training togs were not getting less and
less attractive as THEY practiced for the forthcoming festival season!
HIS pots would soon reflect some very fine lines too!

Kevin A. Hluch
102 E. 8th St.
Frederick, MD 21701