Ch 3: The Art of Ancient Greece

About This Chapter

Use these brief lessons to learn about the types and styles of Ancient Greek art, as well as what influenced artists of the time. A short quiz accompanies each lesson so you can ascertain how well you comprehend the covered material.

The Art of Ancient Greece - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

As you might expect, gods and goddesses made for popular subjects in Ancient Greek artwork. Although Greek mythology was a common source of inspiration for artists, it was far from the only focus area in the art of Ancient Greece. In this chapter, you will take a look at sculpture, pottery and more. You'll explore styles, designs and cultural influences on the art of the Ancient Greeks. The lessons cover topics such as:

  • What subjects and themes were common in Ancient Greek art
  • How sociocultural and political events impacted Greek art over time
  • What styles defined art during the Geometric and Archaic periods
  • What the types of Ancient Greek pottery were
  • How social and cultural influences impacted art during the Classical and Hellenistic periods
  • How the Parthenon was constructed and its significance

VideoObjective
Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and SculptureExplore the characteristics and key elements of Ancient Greek sculpture and pottery.
The Evolution of Art in Ancient GreeceTrace the major divisions in Greek history and the types of art associated with each.
Greek Myth and ReligionDiscover Ancient Greek gods and goddesses as well as religious beliefs.
Minoan Art: History, Images & Quiz Learn about Minoan society and the characteristics of the civilization's artwork.
Greek Art of the Geometric and Archaic PeriodsExamine the technical aspects and styles of Geometric and Archaic artwork.
How Politics Influenced Greek Art and CultureTake a look at how Ancient Greece's political makeup impacted the culture and its artwork.
Ancient Greek Pottery: Types, History & FactsFind out about the types of Ancient Greek pottery and how they were made.
Art of Ancient Greece's Classical PeriodExplore the historical events and artwork of Greece's Classical period.
The Hellenistic Period: Definition & HistoryLearn about the spread of Greek culture during the Hellenistic period.
Historical &Artistic Developments of Greece's Hellenistic PeriodSee the technical developments, styles and influences of artwork from the Hellenistic period.
The Lost-Wax Casting Technique in AntiquityExamine the Ancient Greek's long-wax method of casting.
The ParthenonDiscover the purpose of the Parthenon and why it was politically and artistically significant.

12 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Art of Ancient Greece
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

1. Ancient Greek Art, Pottery and Sculpture

A survey of the transitions in Greek art, with special emphasis placed on the importance of materials and technique. This lecture explores Greek pottery styles from geometric to Orientalizing to black- and red-figure vases. It then turns to sculpture from Archaic styles to realism to idealism. Slides are shown throughout to get students familiar with these Greek styles.

The Evolution of Art in Ancient Greece

2. The Evolution of Art in Ancient Greece

In this lesson, you will explore the evolution of art across several periods of Ancient Greek history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz on painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Greek Myth and Religion

3. Greek Myth and Religion

This lecture examines the troubles of generalizing Greek religion, before doing just that. It lists the major Olympian gods and their roles. It then explores the function of heroes in Greek religion. Next, the relationship between gods and men is laid out. Finally, it explores aspects of Greek myth that reemerge in Christianity.

Minoan Art: History & Images

4. Minoan Art: History & Images

In this lesson, we'll explore various types of artwork created by the Minoans. Minoans were early Greeks who created vivid images in their artwork, which became a popular export to surrounding areas.

Greek Art of the Geometric & Archaic Periods

5. Greek Art of the Geometric & Archaic Periods

In this lesson, you will explore two artistic periods in Greek art that saw the foundations of Greek styles emerge. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

How Politics Influenced Greek Art & Culture

6. How Politics Influenced Greek Art & Culture

In this lesson, you will explore the relationship between politics and art in Ancient Greece and discover how each fueled the other. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient Greek Pottery: Types, History & Facts

7. Ancient Greek Pottery: Types, History & Facts

Have you ever wondered how the ancient Greeks made pottery and why they had so many different types? In this lesson, we'll discuss the history of ancient Greek pottery and learn how to identify the different styles of vessels.

Art of Ancient Greece's Classical Period

8. Art of Ancient Greece's Classical Period

In this lesson, you will explore the artistic achievements of the Greek classical period and discover how these changes affected Western art. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Hellenistic Period: Definition & History

9. The Hellenistic Period: Definition & History

The Hellenistic period was a time when Greek culture spread throughout and influenced Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean regions. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of Hellenistic society and culture and learn what the term 'Hellenistic' actually means.

Historical & Artistic Developments of Greece's Hellenistic Period

10. Historical & Artistic Developments of Greece's Hellenistic Period

In this lesson, you will explore the cultural and artistic changes of the Hellenistic Period, the last major era of Ancient Greece. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Lost-Wax Casting Technique in Antiquity

11. The Lost-Wax Casting Technique in Antiquity

In this lesson, you will discover the secrets behind the lost-wax casting technique used to create ancient sculpture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Parthenon

12. The Parthenon

In this lesson, you will explore the architectural and artistic design of the great Athenian temple called the Parthenon. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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