Very few ancient Greek paintings survive yet we have over 100,000 pieces of pottery that tells the story of how they lived, loved, and died. Ladybug and I discuss this as well as the fact that their idea of beautiful colors were black and red. Thus, a beautiful woman's face would be black and the water color would be red, yet that was elegant and joyful from their standards. We don't have a slip to glaze her efforts at Greek pottery. It's probably just as well, because I find their color mix ghastly.
I explained to her class earlier today that Plato despaired of the new music forms of music that came in later Greek generations. He hated that the laws of vibration no longer ruled what was beautiful, and that now anything that the human ear found pleasing was considered great music. How horrible it was that now musicians were using chords and harmonics instead of matching the voice with the single note on the instrument! I laughed as we wondered what Plato would think of our STOMP band made of brooms, folders, tin cans and lots and lots of rhythm. No doubt, he'd find it horrid.
It makes me wonder... Is anything real? Or, is most everything opinion?