• Timeline of Greek antiquities, 3000 B.C. - 146 B.C.
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    Greece, a history of Greek art and antiquities

    Most art from the early period of Greek history was religious in purpose. In Homer, the central point of civilization was the temple. Small sculpture has been excavated near every shrine in Greece. Temples were decorated with friezes and monumental statues. Sometimes the images carved in temples were not religious but military or heroic. But the foundation of Greek art was in religion.