How did Greek sculpture and drama change during the Hellenistic Era?


Like most Greek art, Hellenic sculpture changed from idyllic, exuberant, and cheerful sensuality in marble statues and reliefs to more of a "commodity." Hellenistic sculpture was more naturalistic and extravagant; with art being used to reflect wealth rather than personal taste.

In the Hellenic period, drama was focused on tragedies, with classics like Antigone and Oedipus as its supreme achievements, and showcased in festivals to thousands. With the rise of the Hellenistic period, tragedy and comedy tended to merge into "dramas" as evidenced by the works of Menander and Theocritus.

Updated on April 10, 2018

Original Article:

Differences between Hellenistic and Hellenic Greek Civilization
By Tiffany R Isselhardt