Mantels. Hence exposed to the sun, they evidently developed the dark suntan with which they were consistently shown in contrast to the white skin of the

women, who were more covered and went out less into
the sun. This conventional iconography appears, for instance, on the fresco of the bull-jumpers from Knossos
(ca. 1450 B.C.). A man and two girls are performing a bull-jumping exercise.
Fit perizoma. Just the colour, for the girls, dark for the man, differentiates the genders.32 This
had a long life. It’s discovered in later, Classical times,
worn by women athletes, together with by the barbarian
neighbors of the Greeks, the Etruscans and Romans.33
boots… “; 237, n. 36: “He is not mentionedin literature,
Completely without foundation.”

Nudity appears in Geometric art, in another context.
in Athens reintroduced the human body in art and
developed a different set of customs for its depiction. Most of the male statuettes of Geometric age are
Bare; some wear a belt but this does not hide their
genitals. In vase painting, too, male naked figures appear, in scenes of funerals, chubby nudist pics , or processions, where
it wasn’t necessarily a depiction of reality. It really is challenging to see that such male nudity has any connotation
other than that of distinguishing gender. Amounts
wearing long skirts could be either girls or charioteers, dressed in long robes according to the before
convention. J.L. Benson has suggested that some cases of a charioteer not wearing a robe, and thus
presumably naked, might be attributed to a strong
feeling, even at this early date, “for the arete in the
unclad state of warriors and athletes.” At what stage
in Greek history can one safely presume this type of feeling
to have existed? Possibly, in Geometric art, as in Homer, it was just starting to exist, but was not yet
fully grown, even for bare male bodies signified with distinct sex organs.34
Truly, we look to find a gradual growth toward a limitation of nudity in Greek art, or instead a
definition of it as epic, divine, fit, and youthful
for men; and something to be prevented for women. A
group composed of a large bronze statuette of a youth
from Dreros (more than 21/2ft high), found jointly
with two smaller female figures, already reveals, in the

eighth century B.C., the difference between nude
It really is challenging to
Understand to what extent the youth’s nudity was already
Important: Robertson implies the group represented
In the seventh century B.C., there began to appear
statues of naked youths, life size or finished, monumental,
Egyptian artwork inspired the size, pose and kind of kouros, but its nudity was a Greek innovation.
On the other hand, the apotropaic, bewitching quality
of nakedness endured in other nude, or rather, phallic
male figures which soon made their appearance in
Greek artwork. Satyrs, animal like human figures with
horses’ tails, were represented full of energy, naked,
with exaggerated tremendous phalli (or phalluses), on blackfigured vases of the sixth century B.C. Celebrities who
Signified satyrs in the theater in the fifth century
wore animal-skin loincloths with a large phallus sewn
on.”37The herms the Athenians encountered daily in
strictly speaking, naked, since they had no body. Each
consisted of a male head sculptured on a column, on
which was carved an erect phallus, serving as a reminder of the strong magic residing in the alerted
of the herms, the city of Athens maybe worried treason
as mass castration.
In artwork, thus, the naked male figure reigned from

whilethe phalluswas emphawas simplyuncovered;
sizedon satyrsandherms,andon the stage. The two
typesweredestinedto becomequitedistinctbyClassi-

cal times; any first relationship was unrecognizedby
the enlightened intellectuals of fifth-centuryAthens.
There were to be, in fact, during the sixth and fifth
centuries B.C., “two concurrentstrains of nudity in
Greek art:one reflectinga magicalor apotropaicfunction (herms, satyrs, etc.), characterizedby the erect
phallus; another, developing from fit nudity, a
more empiric interest in the nude, athletic male
body (kouroi, athletes and male bodies in black- and
red-figurevase painting), where the sex organsthemselves are less obtrusive.”39
Nudity was definitely critical for the image of
the kouros. Exceptions like the statues of draped
youths from Asia Minor, probablyinfluencedby the
whom, as we’ve seen, male nudity was considered
Black,40 merely serve to underline the extent to
which, in mainland Greece, the consistentattributes