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Catherine Morgan: Why did early Greeks build temples?

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Professor Catherine Morgan of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) delivers a public lecture at The Australian National University.

Temples are nowadays taken for granted as essential features of Greek sanctuaries. Yet following the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces, the nature and function of buildings at cult sites varied greatly – and many sanctuaries were entirely open air. From the eighth century onwards, a marked increase in the number of buildings has led to discussion of how and why the idea of a temple arose and was widely adopted, with a greater consensus about its ideal built form then emerging through the seventh and sixth centuries as the architectural orders took shape.