Archaic Greek architecture – the first Greek temples

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Greek temples are the most famous part of Greek architecture. They combine the Greek tradition of the megaron house with the Egyptian temple to make a new, simple, and elegant form.

drawing of early Greek temple in wood

Early Greek temple in wood

The first Greek temples, built around 800 BC, were made of wood, which was easier to build in than stone. They were long rectangular buildings with a porch all the way around them supported by columns made of tree trunks, like this, and thatched or tiledroofs. (Compare these to Chinese palaces of the Shang Dynasty, just a little earlier.)

(Notice the stone altar in front of the temple for sacrifices).

Learn by doing: build a Lego Greek temple, or do it in Minecraft
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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Archaic Greek architecture – the first Greek temples. Study Guides, June 30, 2017. Web. December 19, 2018.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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