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The Rediscovered of Olympia site by Richard Chandler

The Greek aesthetic style developed over the centuries along with the structures at Olympia, which date as far back as the tenth century BC, and Greek society changed over these centuries as well. Egyptian influence can be seen in Greece from the early Geometric Period. The Geometric Period was an era which produced a good deal of pottery and other geometrically regular works. The Geometric Period is the name given to the era between the end of the Mycenaean age and the beginning of the Classic age. Greek society was marked then by tribal hereditary power and a growing land-owning aristocracy. The worship of particular gods in certain sacred places united Greeks of different tribes and cities through common sacrifices and common competitive games. The Geometric style reached its apex about the time of this krater, and the largest and most characteristic vases came from the area of the Dipylon Gate. These kraters served as sacrificial vessels and as tomb-monuments (Kjellberg and Saflund 53-55).

Greek relief sculpture differs from that of Egypt in that Egyptians tend to present historical figures in their sculpture, while the Greeks tend to present mythical events in their narrative reliefs and in so doing commemorate historic events indirectly. Schefold notes the mythic nature of certain Greek reliefs and cites as an instance the three-figure reliefs showing Orpheus and Eurydice, Medea and the daughters of Pelias, Theseus and Pei


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