Daedalic and Archaic

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

Siphnian Treasury, Delphi

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

Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi

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

Anavysos Kouros

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

Peplos Kore

Statue of a woman, known as the "Lady of Auxerre," c. 650-625 B.C.E., Daedalic style, limestone, 75 cm high, Eleutherna, Crete (?), Greece, (Musée du Louvre, Paris)
The Lady of Auxerre stands at the beginning of the history of Greek sculpture, offering a promise of what is to come.

Lady of Auxerre