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Anthropometry by yuni Anthropometry by yuni
Anthropometry is a science started back in Ancient Greece, it took
its roots in Geometry, which was a very popular discipline at the
time, and attempted to measure the human body in its wide variety
of aspects.

The Greeks believed that the man's purpose is to reach excellence
in everything: "To love excellence is truly to love the
gods." So after everything was measured and properly
classified in the "normal state", the discipline
naturally set the goal to discover what "excellent
angles" the human body can assume. For that purpose the
schools arranged groups of young athletes; through inspirational
lectures and daily training they were meant to reach excellence in
flexibility.

The discipline had respected schools in every big city, sometimes
very talented kids would emerge from the country side as well:
trained by their parents, they'd travel to the city on their own
and beg the school's master to test them in order to take part in
the study and find, in most cases, a better life in a better
place.

The schools made regular demonstrations of their achievements and
influenced quite a lot of thought in Philosophy. For example,
after the philosopher Protagoras was invited to a festival where
gymnasts displayed the ultimate angles and hidden potentials of
the human body, he had said of it:



"Anthropos metron."

"Man is the measure (of all things)"



Several decades later, another such festival inspired the immortal
quote of Plato:



"Aei ho theos geometrei"

"God always geometrizes".



Which was later transformed by Plutarch into a mnemonic for the
number of Pi:



"Aei ho theos ho megas geometrei to sympan"

"Always the great god applies geometry to everything"



The number of letters in each word of the phrase gives the number
of Pi (3,1415926...), though it would need to be written in the
original Greek alphabet where 'ho' is a 1 letter word and 'theos'
is actually 4 letters..

How about an alternative 33-digit mnemonic in English? XD



How I wish I could challenge my pliant limbs

And reach wondrous positions utterly beautiful,

But so far training took months of uneasy work

And yet practice has to improve imperfect skill.



3.14159265 / 358979 / 323846264 / 33832795... then there's a zero
so in fact a 33-digit mnemonic is the longest you can possibly
get, unless someone knows any 0-letter words, haha ^_^;; The first
5 words here were basically inspired by "How I wish I could
calculate pi", the default English mnemonic ^_^

As we know, the constant Pi is equal to the angle of the perfect
180 degrees split. In the Anthropology books the straddle split
position is often referred to as the Pi position, so doing the
whole Pi pretty much means learning to do a simple split. Pi and
a half would be the extreme 270 degrees oversplit, the dream of
all contortionists :D

Ok, so this is it ^_^ And yes, surely they didn't wear speedos in
Ancient Greece, basically they didn't wear anything under the
chitons and gymnasts normally trained in the nude ^_^;;

The rocks and the sky here were just an attempt to incorporate
some photographic textures in the work. The photos were taken two
years ago in the local forest.


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:iconmarty4110:
Marty4110 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Amazing work!
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yuni Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Glad you liked! ^_^
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captfaz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Fascinating! and beautiful. the boys are exceptional.
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
I'm very happy you enjoyed it! ^^
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Mnemonic01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Love how his grabs his log lol
His boy's body is so flexy :P
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Oh, I can find a use for this picture outside of Deviant Art.  If you put a creative commons license on it, I could use it. ;)  I'm grateful that you drew it. 

Here's what I mean as a use: phaeselis.wikia.com/wiki/Phaes…
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Writer
:D:D I knew old Socrates had more to teach boys than just Sophistry... :heart:
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kofiadu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
No - they didn't have speedos

It was either nude or chiton


(next time?!)
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gammarays777 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Ἀριστοτέλης διδάσκει νεαρό Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας
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7773090 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
И мальчиков в Греции отдавали на воспитание только мужчинам :)
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Fascmouse Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've gotten into a Greek phase lately & I must say this is a gorgeous piece--and not just because it's done in your idiom. I like the fact that you've incorporated pretty accurate clothing into the youths, and the paidotribes' role is not diminished. I'd very much like to see more along this theme in the future.
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xplotter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This one deserves a Dayly Deviation :nod:
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TypicalWatson Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Such lovely colors and a bonnie cute smile. Great piece. The historical links made it even more so
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XXXPojkeXXX Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow truly gorgeous!!! Your art inspires me so much, the colors, dynamic positions-its amazing. I noticed you do several pieces from Greek culture, have you ever considered doing one of Ganymede? If anyone can do him justice I think youre the artist!
Thanks again for sharing your work ^^
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Thank you so much!! ^^ Glad you liked it! I must say I haven't considered doing one of Ganymede, but I did something of Dionysos riding his leopard once ^_^ And you're welcome, once again glad you enjoyed it! ^^
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Rad-Pax Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so beautiful
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LliaOlsen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite a nice bit of history thanks for the write up, great picture as well.
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Thank you so much ^-^
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CYniCaLOPtimySt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yuni, i dont know if u have a sense of humour or ur just sick in the head lol...but kudos! This is beautiful. By the way, is it just me or are those rocks 3D?
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
What about yourself? And by the way, those rocks' volume was painted, they just use a photographic texture overlay.
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CYniCaLOPtimySt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol. if those rocks were painted then hat's off to u mate. ur incredible!!!
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Well they were painted and textured, the painting part was actually very basic, only defined the overall volume XD
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CYniCaLOPtimySt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cool. great job though :)
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panda-jamican-pie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
even the statues have contorted bodies! amazing!
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GayStudent Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
The boy to the left is deffinatly thinking about something notty about the performing boy. XD
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akane9495 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I have to say that you are my favorite artist on deviantart. Your imagination is absolutely gorgeous and you are a dream maker. My dream job("dream" being the key word) is to be a contortionist. I think it is the most beautiful profession there is. I can't begin to describe how your work moves me. It is truly beautiful.

Sorry if this was just totally creepy...hehehe....
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I wholeheartedly agree! Contortion has been my passion all my life since I was only 5, sadly it's pretty hard to turn it into a profession, I think contortionists are very few in number compared to any other speciality there is. I keep dreaming of the alternate world where it would be put to good use: both for enjoyment of the charming shapes and probably also for some purely magical use, for example assuming that some cosmic energy flows differently in different positions.

And no it wasn't creepy at all, haha. I'm glad you saw my work from a positive angle ^^
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drunkpimp3000 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wish I could add something constructive, but the scene you painted is simply beautiful. The way you captured the sun shining down and the expression of the contorted figure is perfect.
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thank you so much :hug:
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drunkpimp3000 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :) I used to be a bit of a Greek and Roman history freak as a teen, and fantasized about serene scenes like these. So it was nice seeing an artist render a scene so similar. The text below about the history of Athropometry was fascinating as well. I can see it's a big inspiration on all your artworks. I've seen a few of your others floating around the web a while back, so I'm glad to have found the source.
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SixDirections Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I've loved your pictures for years, but this is my all time favorite. Combining three of my favorite things, boys, geometry, and ancient Greece. You constantly amaze me!
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
So glad you liked it! :3
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FullmetalPress Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Oh for an Ancient Greek education. I love the architecture in the background and the composition gives the whole thing a great geometric feel. Awesome
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thanks ^-^
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jong-preanger Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is abselfreakinlootly amazing! wEll done XD
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thank you so much ^^
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Fallout42 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
You outdid yourself this time, everything about this is amazing! Great job!
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Thank you so much! :3
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Simply-- :D :heart: :D :heart:
As always, you're wondrously amazing...
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I'm glad you enjoyed :heart:
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Writer
Quite so!
And as much, your philosophical explication... We must discuss this esoterica sometime, hopefully soon. Regardless, all my best, always... :heart:
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winkofthebutterfly Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Photographer
That just to beauitful @.@
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yuni Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Thank you ^-^
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winkofthebutterfly Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Photographer
very welcome ^^
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XxUnLik3lyD3c0xX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I learned something today~!
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Yay~
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GambitMojo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
your art is fantastic


i wish i could be apart of a bending group
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:iconyuni:
yuni Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thank you so much! ^_^

You can joy a yoga class but it's a lot of hard work and you can't really expect overly "bendy" results.
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Ren-zaku69 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
lol it startled me at first, then i looked and was like

whoa~! ^ ^

it looks amazing...ahhh...greece..the one time where you could surround yourself with young boys and not be called a pedo..XP

heh history is funny.
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yuni Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I don't think boys would be willing to surround some creepy old pedo even in ancient Greece :3
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