Standard of Ur and Philoxenos of Eretria, Battle of Issus: A Comparative Analysis There are few constants in human history. However, one exception that may be granted is this: conflict. And as civilizations grew, that which was once minor conflict grew into the larger entity termed war. The idea of war – of clashes between great forces, controlled by individual leaders – has always darkly fascinated the human imagination. The art that has dealt with war may thus be understood as recognizing in war a terrible beauty. The analysis which follows will deal with two early attempts of articulating this terrible beauty. The first is Standard of Ur (Fig. 1); and the second is Philoxeons of Eretria, Battle of Issus (Fig. 2). The two pieces will be...The end:
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