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Greek Art

4. Temple Architecture

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This module traces the development of temple of architecture from the earliest Greek temples in the 8th Century BC through the Archaic and up to the end of the Classical. In particular, it focuses on the separate development of the Doric and Ionian styles, before exploring temples that combine elements of both. Buildings examined include: the sanctuary and buildings of Delphi, the sanctuary and buildings of Olympia, the sanctuary and buildings of the Athenian Acropolis, the temple of Hephaistos in the Athenian Agora, the temple of Aphaia on Aigina, and the temple of Apollo at Bassae.


In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these categories, we explore issues of style, composition and techniques, the various functions of art and architecture, and general themes.


Professor Smith received her degrees from Yale (PhD, MPhil, MA) and Dartmouth (BA), and was also educated at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, and the American Numismatic Society, and studied German at the Herder Institute, Leipzig. Before her appointment at Reading she lectured at Tufts University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts College of Art. She has also worked as an editor (Perseus Project; American Journal of Archaeology) and as curatorial assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery. She has excavated at the American School of Classical Studies' excavations in Greece (Athens' Agora and Corinth) and Spain (Pollentia, Alcudia, Majorca).

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Smith, A. (2018, August 15). Greek Art - Temple Architecture [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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