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Ancient Greek Architecture

Sir Dig-a-lot | 7-14 yrs | Interactive, Reading Pod

Ancient Greek Art and Architecture Facts

“We spoke about Roman architecture but that got me thinking about the Greek architecture. I mean you said that the Roman’s were inspired by the Greek too right?” Rohan and Sir Dig-A-Lot were sitting together.

Sir Dig-A-Lot said, “I am glad you remember your lesson. Yes, the Greeks inspired the Roman’ in art and architecture. Their earliest work dates back to 600 BC. The Greek architecture is best known for its temples, many of them are now ruins in the present day but substantially intact nevertheless.

The temples are mostly from the ancient Greek civilization. In the Hellenic world, open air theaters came into existence and became popular, You can find the oldest amphitheater from around 350 BC. The gateways and the public square are also famous works from the Greeks.

The town council building which is known as the bouleuterion, was a major contribution in bringing order in political administration. The public monument, the monumental tomb, also known as a mausoleum and the stadium are also famous contributions.”

“Greek architecture is known for its elegance and extremely formalized approach. The monuments have a picturesque landscape as a backdrop and are built on a raised platform. This is done so that the building is viewed in exact proportions from all sides and the light falls evenly on each face.”

“What inspired the Greeks?” asked Rohan after Sir Dig-A-Lot paused for breath.

“Well, geography, history and religion. The terrain of Greece is rocky and provides easy access to stone, particularly limestone. So the Greeks used a lot of limestone in their buildings. The weather also played a part. As it was maritime, most of the activities took place outside.

Light played the most important part in the designing of the buildings. Having a clear blue sky and the sea as the backdrop, the day in Greece has always been brightly lit. The marble surfaces captured the natural light in the best possible manner casting artistic shadows and helping the building appear gleaming.”

“Ancient Greece was surrounded by natural elements. Lush forests, the sea and the bright weather. So, the people began to worship nature and glorify its elements. This also played a huge part in shaping their architecture.”

“That was fascinating. I will ask Dad to take me there,” Rohan said.

“You certainly should. It’s time for bed now!” Sir Dig-A-Lot said, tucking Rohan in his bed.

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