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Dean Riley

In the Classical period proportion of human body was important. In Myron’s Discobolus I can imagine the sculptor placing the subject in the pose that he wanted him in, not even caring that the way the subject is throwing the disc isn’t even correct. Since the pose shows the subjects proportions ideally, this was the reason that pose was chosen. Even in modern times we have determined what body types are ideal and what is not, even though that ideal body type is ever changing. If someone does not fit into what society deems the ideal body type, that person can be deemed an outcast and considered “ugly” by the current beauty standards.