Sunday, January 5, 2014

Muscular Ancient Greek Sculptures: Was Zeus Natural?


In the comment section underneath the post area many people often ask the following question: If you can't get really big without steroids why there are so many ancient Greek sculptures presenting ideal male bodies – muscular and ripped? There were no steroids at that time.

The reason why you see so many statues of man in excellent shape is because having a well developed mind and body was extremely respectful back in the day. Someone who possessed both was considered God amongst ordinary men. The idea behind the creation of a monument is to present some sort of larger than life qualities. It's something you are meant to look up to. Imagine if every monument was as big as a normal person. It will look and feel too ordinary and people won't be saying: “What the hell is that thing?”. Therefor most of the monuments we value are "out of this world". 

It may be cool to believe that there is some sort of an ancient secret that will make you huge and shredded but reality says otherwise. To tell the truth, some of the statues do not even represent huge men, not at all. 

Image source: http://www.ancientgreece.com
While nobody can know for sure how big was the musculature of people back then the statues of Greek Gods were never meant to show the average Greek man or woman. Having similar body back in the day was the ideal and not the norm. Artists are known to study anatomy in order to create something unfeasible for the majority of the population.

What is certain, however, is the fact that on average people were physically stronger back then. It was a requirement for survival and jobs were mostly manual unless you were part of the elite or old. Today we have offices, cars and other equipment that reduces the need for manual labor. Therefor the average person is known to be pretty weak because "if you don't use it, you lose it".

12 comments:

  1. what would you consider big? what is the biggest and most muscular you think someone can get without the use of any type of drugs?

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    1. I wrote a post that may answer your question:

      http://irongangsta.blogspot.com/2013/12/natural-physiques-heres-how-gifted.html

      Thanks for the support.

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  2. Exactly, ancient Greek sculptures depicted the "ideal" body, not the average one. Also they were not that big, the bodies are pretty normal and perfectly achievable through ordinary training. No "out of this world" physiques, just athletic, beautiful bodies

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    1. Thanks for the support since the beginning.

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    2. These sculptors exaggerated the physique to arrest people's attention! Back they tried to copy a realistic sculpture of man but people complain that its not impressive. So put out motions and then exaggerate muscles to get people attention.

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  4. I think a lot of ancient Greek statuary could be reasonably compared to two things: 1) photographic evidence of 'strongmen' and other athletes from the pre-1930s era when performance-enhancing drugs meant Sloane's linament and pink gin. The broad waist, deep chest and square, stocky frame that seems to indicate training for general strength is also in evidence in much Greek statuary; most of them look like wrestlers (actual, not WWE) more than anything. 2) non-statuary historical sources. Looking here, we can see that people in ancient times were strong enough to tear the arm clean off a creature twice as big as a man (Beowulf), could throw a discus across a sea (Agamemnon), used swords so long that the tip touched the ground when the rider was on horseback (Celtic mythology; this would mean a blade about 5 feet long) - oh, and visit the Underworld, fight dragons, fly and have sex with gods disguised as a vase of flowers. Greek statues are depicted with highly developed thighs, because this was an ancient Greek indicator of manliness, and very small genitals, because this was an ancient Greek indicator of civility and propriety, weirdly. Or, maybe they were all full of steroids, and the whole Trojan War was just roid rage.

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    1. I think they looked just like normal people.

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    2. I think Richie looks like a quality troll!

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  5. Ancient Greeks and Romans knew the importance of testosterone for strength and muscular development

    They got their exogenous testosterone from eating bull testicles

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