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  • Small Temples The Doric Style
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    Greek Architecture and the Parthenon Architecture according to Encarta 99 is the art or science of designing and constructing buildings. There are many different types of architecture, but they all eventually trace back to the Greeks and Romans. The Greek's roots lie in the Aegean civilization; nevertheless its particular characteristics have made it one of the most established influences in Western architecture. One of the most important and famous examples of Greek architecture is the Partheno...
  • Earliest Monumental Buildings In Greek Architecture
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    Greek Architecture Architecture, the practice of building design and its resulting products; customary usage refers only to those designs and structures that are culturally significant. Architecture is to building as literature is to the printed word. Vitruvius, a 1st-century BC Roman, wrote encyclopedically about architecture, and the English poet Sir Henry Wotton was quoting him in his charmingly phrased dictum: Well building hath three conditions: Commodities, Firme nes, and Delight. More pro...
  • Styles Of Greek Temples
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    Greek and Roman Architecture The Greeks thought of their Gods as having the same needs as human beings, they believed that the Gods needed somewhere to live on Earth. Temples were built as the gods' earthly homes. The basic design of temples developed from the royal halls of the Mycenaean Age. A Mycenaean palace consisted of a number of buildings often more than one story high, grouped around a central courtyard. It was brightly painted, both inside and out. In each palace there was a large hall...
  • Greek Gods
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    In ancient times, the Greeks had absolute and undeniable respect for their gods. They demonstrated their admiration by putting in place many rituals and celebrations to reverence the gods that they loved and feared in order to ensure harmony with them. In particular, the focus will be on the religious beliefs of the Greeks, including prayer and sacrifice, as well as on festivals and the arts, such as the ancient Olympic games and theatre. These aspects of their culture made a significant contrib...
  • Most Famous Greek Temples
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    The Greek culture has had a huge impact on the history of the world. There is something Greek in almost everything, especially in the world's architecture. Greece no longer had one king, so they focused on building temples for their gods. Architecture began small and plain but evolved into impressive pieces of art. As time passed from the Archaic period to the Hellenistic period, the people of Greece developed a type of formula for their buildings and their pieces of art. In Ancient Greece, reli...
  • Sculptural Part Of The Parthenon
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    Wow this is a nice day to be out in the agora wondering around the market places. I love walking past the Parthenon, you know this is the proudest building we Greeks ever built. If one-structure sums up our history and our superiority in architecture it's this building. These might have been some of the thoughts that ran through the mind of the Greeks during this time period. The one thing that gave the Athenians great pleasure was the temple they built, which was also a cause of envy and amazem...
  • Shelter For The Cult Statue Of Athena
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    The Parthenon is known as the masterpiece of Greek architecture. The Parthenon is the most important and characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization and still remains its international symbol. The name of the temple comes from the Greek word parthenos, or virgin; that is, the goddess Athena. It was dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. The temple stands on a hill called the "Acropolis" which overlooks the city. The Parthenon was the first building to be constructed on ...
  • Greeks In The Parthenon And Other Structures
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    When work began on the Parthenon in 447 BC, the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. Work on the temple continued until 432; the Parthenon, then, represents the tangible and visible efflorescence of Athenian imperial power, unencumbered by the depredations of the Peloponnesian War. Likewise, it symbolizes the power and influence of the Athenian politician, Pericles, who championed its construction. Some historians believe that Athens concluded a peace treaty with Persia in 449, two ye...
  • Greek Orders
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    Greek life was dominated by religion and so it is not surprising that the temples of ancient Greece were the biggest and most beautiful. They also had a political purpose as they were often built to celebrate civic power and pride, or offer thanksgiving to the patron deity of a city for success in war. "X Greek Temple Architecture The Greeks developed three architectural systems, called orders, each with their own distinctive proportions and detailing. The Greek orders are: Doric, Ionic, and Cor...
  • Example Of The Greek Ideal Of Excellence
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    The Ideals of ancient Greece took the Greeks to cultural, architectural, philosophical, and creative heights and advancements. Two ideals, in particular, Excellence and Concern for Community had Greeks constantly challenging and changing their ways of life to achieve the highest form of each ideal. I will give examples of Excellence and Concern for Community, showing how the Greeks challenged these ideals and developed further due to them. The ideal of excellence is shown in the pursuit of perfe...
  • Prelude To The Building Of Greek Temples
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    The Dorian immigration (before 1000 BC) was a prelude to the building of Greek temples, at first made of timber and sun-dried brick. The superb stone and marble buildings on a defined floor plan were achieved in the middle of the 6th century BC, although the most perfect examples, like the Parthenon (5th century BC) came later. Jupiter Capitolinus appeared to Augustus in a dream and expressed jealousy of Jupiter Tongans on account of the erection of a temple in his honor. Augustus then affixed b...
  • Pediments Of Many Doric Temples
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    Greek architecture begins with the simple houses of the Dark Age and culminates in the monumental temples of the Classical period and the elaborately planned cities and sanctuaries of the Hellenistic period. As in any time or place, the raw materials available and the technologies developed to utilize them largely determined the nature of the architecture. The principal materials of Greek architecture were wood, used for supports and roof beams; unbaked brick, used for walls, especially of priva...

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