The resulting contrast is between a civilization in which individual life is part of a larger continuum and a society in which individuality is prized as a discrete example of the divine whole. The contrast is clear in the art that each society produced. As Bullock and his colleagues contend:
Yet the Greeks employed such figures differently in their own art, and this ultimately led to the establishment of a different artistic tradition and style. Human figures in particular serve different purposes for the Greeks from those in Egyptian works, and those differences become evident as soon as apparently similar figures are compared between cultures. As Bullock, et al, note:
Carpenter, Rhys. Greek Art: A Study of the Formal Evolution of Style. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1962.
Both civilizations created enduring, distinctive art. Both traditions continue to resonate for contemporary viewers seeking to understand two very different worldviews.