Why was art important to ancient Greece

Ancient Greece / Art of the Greeks

The various city-states were autonomous and independent, but united by a common culture and language.

The Greek art in their heyday from 500 - 200 BC Is also called Classic designated. Even today she is an exemplary model of our art.

Visual arts

Ceramics + painting

The potter checks the firing process on a Pinax made of Penteskouphia.

The Greek vase painting is the superordinate term for the decoration of Greek ceramics, usually applied with flammable earth colors. It encompasses the painted vessel decorations of various time periods from the pre-Greek Minoan culture to Hellenism, i.e. from around 2500 BC. Until the last century BC.

Since there is hardly any evidence of painting outside of ceramics, these representations are extremely important sources for visual culture, mythology and everyday life in ancient Greece. Greek ceramics is one of the most widespread archaeological finds in ancient Greece and can be found in the entire Greek settlement area.

All kinds of vessels that were needed for storage, meals, cults and celebrations were painted. Particularly lavishly painted and designed vessels were donated as consecration gifts in sanctuaries or placed in graves as gifts. The mostly hard-fired and weather-resistant ceramic has been preserved in tens of thousands as intact vessels or in fragments.



Golden cut

Ionic, Doric or Corinthian?

performing Arts


Interactive exercises

Ceramics and painting

Is that a theater!

Do you know the following term and its meaning? Find the matching pairs.

tragedyserious acting
(Fabrics from hero and god legends)
(Ridicule of gods and men)
for thousands of spectators in the open air
OrchestraPlay area for choir and actors

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