Art: Classical Greece- Greek Temples Architecture

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All civilizations that have ever existed in the world have had their own unique forms of art that distinguish each from the other. This has been evident in trends such as culture, religion, economics and even art and architecture. Art and architecture to a huge extent bring out the cultures of these civilizations in a way that it makes it easier for the current generation to understand the past. Some of these civilizations that have made history include classical Greece, Hellenistic Greece, Etruscan civilization, Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Each of these civilizations had their unique pieces of art that help defining and understand the era in which they existed. I . Classical Greece- Greek Temples Architecture These are temples where they worshiped in. The temples were made with a lot of stylistic bravado. This made the temples the architectural eye-candy at that time. It is for a fact that temples were the biggest pieces of architecture and very beautiful too. They also served as a political way of celebrating civic power as well as pride. They were a place where the people could go to offer thanksgiving to the deity of the cities where these temples were located. These temples fell in three orders: the Doric, Ionic and Corinth (Jenkins 49). The difference between the three can be seen through the detailing and proportions of the pillars. They are each associated with their origins, that is, their capitals. At the same time, this was a means of identification and it applied to many buildings and monuments but then the temples stood out. This form of art and culture identified the religious standing of the Greek at that time in history. II . Hellenistic Greece- Sculptures The sculptures of the Hellenistic era... ... middle of paper ... ...f their artistic contributions as well as the cultures they propagated. They may have dominated the world each in their distinctive eras but what is remaining of them today is the legacy and art that they left behind. The images of the physical remains of the civilizations explored in this paper are just but a part of a huge collection of art that define the civilizations that each present. Works Cited Grant, Michael. Art in the Roman Empire. New York: Routledge. 2012 Gruen, Erich. Culture and National Identity in Republican Rome. New York: Cornell Univeristy Press Hynes, Sybille. Etruscan Civilization: A Cultural History. Los Angeles: Getty Publication. 2005 Jenkins, Ian. Greek Architecture and its Sculpture. Harvard: Harvard University Press. 2006 Pollitt, Jerome. Art in the Hellenistic Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1986

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