The Evolution of the Greek Temple

The first Greek Temple built in stone has been debated to either be the Temple of Apollo at Syacuse or the Temple of Artemis at Corfu. In any case, it seems that a fully developed Doric style appeared somewhat suddenly toward the end of the 7th century BCE and spread rapidly across the Greek world. The early stone temples were could be characterized as having thicker proportions and the later temples more slender ones. This essay examines some possibilities offered to account for such changes and offers a new hypthesis.
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