The Meaning of Beauty in Greek Culture

Beauty is often defined as a subjective quality of things which makes these objects enjoyable to see. These objects can include artworks, landscapes, human faces and works of creativity. Beauty, with beauty and art as their major themes, is also the most important consideration of aesthetics, among the most influential branches of psychology. Another branch of psychology that deals with beauty is called aesthetic psychology. The branches of this study all have something to do with the beauty placed in objects, especially human works of art and physical attractiveness.


The discipline of psychology attempts to describe the psychological qualities of individuals, in order to find out the causes of their behavior, personality, ideas, values, inclinations and emotions. An examination of human beauty reveals many hidden aspects of a person’s true nature and inner beauty. Beauty is not only seen in physical aspects but also in its inner beauty and emotional warmth. Underneath the physical appearance and outer appeal, the very essence of beauty is still an individual’s inner beauty and emotional comfort.

Aesthetic psychology attempts to understand beauty through the study of the visual arts. Images of beauty are produced through paintings, sculptures, photography and other means and beauty is defined according to how these images affect the viewer. In the early part of the eighteenth century, French Physicists Jean Sostre and Louis de la Rouchfoucauld conceptualized the idea of beauty that would later become the basis for all the aesthetic theories and concepts that are present today. A simple and basic idea, the idea of beauty is not something that can be proved or disproved, instead beauty is something that is experienced and appreciated upon first sight.

The term “gorgeousness” was used in the Greek language to describe certain artistic qualities. According to the greek poet Ovid, the gods in heaven were not so perfect as humans, because they had no real physical beauty but only the outward manifestation of beauty which humans experience on earth. The Greeks saw the gods as being extremely beautiful even when they were physically nude. To the ancient Greeks, the ideal beauty was something that was beyond the comprehension of the human mind. It is this idealism which forms the basis for the art historians’ definition of beauty.

Art historians say that Greek beauties were famous for their extraordinary beauty and Greek women were the most beautiful women in the ancient world. Greek women were also famous for their beauty and their skill in cosmetics, particularly in painting their faces. Greek women were also well renowned for their longevity and Greek Mythology attributes many of the myths about the beauties of Greece and the region to their great longevity and beauty. Many of these myths have come to life on the stage and been depicted in modern Greek makeup and Greek fashion.

Greek women were well known for their skill in cosmetics and this is where their great beauty is associated. Even today the craft of cosmetics is very closely linked with the craft of Greek culture. The craftsmen who make these Greek cosmetics are known as astrologers or seers. Astrologers and seers knew how to make beautiful faces, and the secrets of how to make faces look beautiful were passed down from one generation to another and became part of Greek culture and are still part of the Greek psyche today.