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Classic

A classic is an outstanding example of a particular style; something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality; of the first or highest quality, class, or rank – something that exemplifies its class. The word can be an adjective (a classic car) or a noun (a classic of English literature). It denotes a particular quality in art, architecture, literature, design, technology, or other cultural artifacts. In commerce, products are named 'classic' to denote a long-standing popular version or model, to distinguish it from a newer variety. Classic is used to describe many major, long-standing sporting events. Colloquially, an everyday occurrence (e.g. a joke or mishap) may be described in some dialects of English as 'an absolute classic'.

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Art

In the Classical Greek and Rome art statues were the most common form of art, and there were three parts/steps of statues: archaic, classic, and hellenistic. In the first and ARCHAIC step in art, the main subjects were men. Balance and symmetry were key and the statues of the men looked very stiff. In the second and CLASSIC step in art, the statues remained men but they seemed to have more movement--they were no longer standing straight and stiff. Balance was still key, but symmetry not so much. The statues now had more details and represented the ideal body. In the third and HELLENISTIC step in art, the statues now ventured into sculpting women too along with men. It also included even more movement, texture, and details in the sculptures. The statues were not only idealism, but now realism. Source: Spanish Humanities Class

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Rachel the History Girl: Classical Greece and Rome

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