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Early Classical

Greece underwent many changes during the Early Classical period, ca. 480-450 BCE. It is framed by the dramatic victories against the Persians in 490 and 480, and the transition to the High Classical period in 450. During this thirty-year period, artists imbued their creations with restraint to heighten the visual expression of what defined Greek civilized conduct. It was a time of some of our most ambitious programs in architecture, sculpture and painting. This is also the time when democracy (demos=people and kratos=power) was developed and implemented as the form of government in Athens.


ca. 300 BCE
470-457 BCE
From West Pediment, Temple of Zeus at Olympia
Plaster cast from marble original
Archaeological Museum, Olympia
19 x 9 x 11inches (48.3 x 22.9 x 27.9 cm)
Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Victorious Youth (or Athlete), Sounion

ca. 460 BCE
From near the Temple of Athena, Sounion
Plaster cast from Pentelic marble original
National Archaeological Museum (no. 3344), Athens
23 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (57.8 x 50.2 x 11.4 cm)
Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art


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