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Miranda Jackovich

Humanism is the belief of potential goodness in all human beings, and putting more importance into humanity over the devine or otherworldly beings. Many civilizations, such as Mesopotamia and Egypt focused on the importance of honoring and worshiping their gods/goddesses based on their culture, idolizing them for survival. The Greeks culture however showed value in humans stature through Kore and Kouros figures. The Dying Warrior at the Temple of Aphaia at Aegina shows the great honor one receives after dying in battle. The ‘Archaic smile’ on the warrior represents strength and vitality. Much of the Greeks art work displayed dominance over supernatural beings such as the bronze figurine of “The Man and Centaur’. These representations of humans help support the Greeks philosophy of humanism.