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Lucy What were ancient statues for? Ancient statues were generally made for religious or political purposes which could include making a statue for worshipping a God or to show the power that the emperor has over the people which can be seen in various examples which will be discussed later. The purpose of Greek and Roman statues differs slightly because the ways in which the statues of the Ancient Greeks and Romans are made are slightly different but do have some similarities for example, in most sculptures Greeks and Romans use the same materials as bronze and marble, and the Greeks occasionally used wood. However, they are different because during the middle of the first century BC the Romans started to look for their own identity when sculptors tried to capture light and shadow to make the sculptures look more realistic which eventually lead to impressionism using light to create more abstract forms and sculptures. Firstly, from studying statues in Ancient Greece we can see that th...