The Concept of Beauty Throughout History

The Concept of Beauty Throughout History

The word Beauty dates back to the beginning of time and can be found in almost all ancient cultures. It was said by the ancient Greeks, that beauty is the thing that surpasses all else, which then became a major part of philosophy in Eastern civilization. Aristotle defined Beauty as theoria (theory being the search for the divine), and it can also be seen in the works of ancient Egyptians, Babylonians and Romans. The word “itas” is derived from the Greek word “aita” which means “mind”.

The concept of beauty is described by two main definitions – universal and particular. Universal definition refers to something that is not personal, which can be regarded as beautiful. On the other hand, the term “specific” refers to a quality or feature that is personal. Examples of things that are considered beautiful by many people include: the Greek Gods who were considered beautiful because they had golden skin, the Trojan Woman who was able to disguise herself as a man, or the famous lines by Keats, which can be translated as: “To have beautiful eyes, a beautiful voice or a beautiful hand, to have beautiful skin…” These are just a few examples that show how general ideas of beauty have changed through time, but the underlying meaning is still the same.

Defining beauty standards through time requires the use of cultural norms that have been the result of the different transitions of beauty standards throughout history. For example, some may consider certain types of body hair to be ugly, yet in Asia, there are many cultures that value it as part of beauty standards. The reason for this can be traced to the different cultural definitions of beauty that can be found throughout the world. The use of cultural norms and ideas of beauty are used to help us understand and appreciate different types of people and their accomplishments.