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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter explores the wide variety of functions of art in ancient Greece, with particular emphasis on the use of images in sculpture and painting in religious and civic contexts. It considers Greek statues, temples, and stoas, along with the use of architectural sculptures to deploy narratives related to local myths and cults. It also discusses the dedication of large quantities of marble reliefs in sanctuaries and in illustrating the contents of decrees, along with murals in sacred buildings and battle pieces as a means of glorifying the victors. The chapter highlights the function of Greek art primarily in public spaces, both to visualize the divine and to commemorate humans and also to embellish sacred architecture.

Keywords: ancient Greece, architecture, art, cults, images, murals, painting, public spaces, sacred buildings, sculpture

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