Art & Architecture Illustration

Art & Architecture
of Ancient Greece


The ancient Greeks loved beauty, music, literature, drama, philosophy, politics and art. Their art especially is so very Greek - their statues always represented perfect looking people, with muscles and perfect noses and eyes spaced just right. This is very different from the ancient Romans; in ancient Rome, if someone had a big nose, the artist would give him a big nose in the painting or sculpture. The Greeks would never do that.

It was the ancient Greeks who invented 3 beautiful types of columns. These were used all over ancient Greece to hold up buildings and rooftops and temples. One column had a very simple design. One was sort of in the middle. And one was very ornate.

Be it a vase or a pillar or a statue, the ancient Greeks wanted their art to be visually interesting. Still, they were not going to let a building fall down because they wanted it to look beautiful. What they would do was design the support pillars so that from a distance they looked straight and graceful. But in reality, those pillars might lean this way or that way in order to provide better support. The Greeks were great architects.

Greek Vases

Build a Temple Challenge

The Acropolis (British Museum)

The Acropolis and Parthenon

Greek Columns - Doric, Ionic, Corinthian

Daedalus builds the Labyrinth (myth)

Elgin Marbles

The 7 Ancient Wonders were selected by the ancient Greeks

Archaeology & Artifacts

Ancient Greece Q&A Interactive