1. Historically, Tholos in ancient Greece was a very nice building of a round shape with an amount of twenty columns in Doric style outside. The construction that stands on the territory of the University of South Alabama is a replica of antique Delphi Tholos (380-360 B.C.) made by Philactos Marble Works. Traditionally, such structure served as the temple of Athena from Pronaia. The copy of architectural monument was placed across from the Performing Arts Bulding on purpose. Tholos is significant as its establishment adds to the prestige of the University and draws attention of the future and current students. The professors from the institution have a chance to enhance the visibility of study objects. The replica is almost a museum piece and every student and teacher of Performing Art can regard and examine it thoroughly. The disciples may have inspirations about their future polymathy in the chosen branch of science and become closely familiar with the architecture of ancient world and its symbolism. The major object of ancient art is human as the supreme creature of nature. The aim of philosophy, poetry, science, and art was to represent the abilities of perfect human being. Therefore, artists and architectures were trying to create the integrity of physical and spiritual excellence of a man. Such perfection should instill in people a noble aspiration for self-cultivation. In addition, the phenomenon of "tholos" signified ancient community of Greece and its historical legacy. Similarly, the statue stands still nearby the appropriate section of the University inspiring on future academic achievements and making closer the culture of gone civilizations. Perhaps, the administration plan should be built at the main entrance to the school so that everyone passing it would observe the wonderful copy of rounded naos and recall in the memory its long-life history.
2. Feline sculptures were widespread at ancient world. Mostly, jaguars were worshiped by Mexican Mesoamerican civilizations. The statue of furious jaguar placed on the territory of campus may symbolize the agility and superiority of its society so as Aztecs and Maya assimilated people with these savage predators. The tribes thought that only human can tame the wild feline relatives. The appearance of jaguar instills awe in the crowds. According to Mesoamerican beliefs, every person may hide a jaguar inside himself, and every jaguar may contain a human e.g. "One of the religious symbols found is the were-jaguar, a hybrid of jaguar and human" (Aguilar-Moreno, 2007). The administration of university wanted the jaguar statue situated in front of the campus make the statement about the high level of intelligence and agility of the students. The angry jaguar, the king of all predators may also be the guard of the campus as its furious look wards off evil people. I think that that administration successfully conveyed the message "disguised" in the monument for those who aware of the symbolic of jaguars in the history of Mexican folks, but those who do not know anything about the ancient Mayans, Olmecs or Aztecs would hardly guess about its core meaning. Mayan kings of Pre-Columian era associated themselves with jaguars and, therefore, put on skins of these beasts, or used it for any other purpose. Fertility of natural resources was also connected with them. Jaguars were always featured and identified along with such noble animals as ocelot and puma especially in the culture of Aztecs. The students may also feel themselves almost kings and queens at campus near one of the greatest sculpture of the Alabama University because of the magnificent beauty it bears.
Aguilar-Moreno, M. (2007). Handbook to Life in the Aztec World. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.