Ancient Greece

Daedalic and Archaic

While Greek artisans continued to develop their individual crafts, storytelling ability, and more realistic portrayals of human figures throughout the Archaic Period, the city of Athens witnessed the rise and fall of tyrants and the introduction of democracy.

c. 700 - 480 B.C.E.

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Siphnian Treasury, Delphi
Siphnian Treasury, Delphi

The island of Siphnos used its great wealth to earn the favor of the gods through art, architecture, and offerings.

Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi
Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi

The god Apollo spoke through his priestess at Delphi, and Greek cities competed for his favor with offerings.

<em>Marble statue of a kouros (New York Kouros)</em>
Marble statue of a kouros (New York Kouros)

This early Greek depiction of the idealized male form displays power and poise in his nudity and steadfast gaze.

<em>Anavysos Kouros</em>
Anavysos Kouros

“Stay and mourn at the monument of dead Kroisos, who raging Ares slew as he fought in the front ranks.”

<em>Peplos Kore</em>
Peplos Kore

What’s in a name? Discover whether this ancient Greek offering is an idealized young woman or a goddess.

<em>Lady of Auxerre</em>
Lady of Auxerre

The Lady of Auxerre stands at the beginning of the history of Greek sculpture, offering a promise of what is to come.

Ancient Greek Temples at Paestum
Ancient Greek Temples at Paestum

Explore the development of the Doric order in the temples of the city of Poseidon, the god of the sea.