• The civilization of Greece began at about
2600 B.C.. This is the Minoan civilization.
• The Minoan built palaces that are
resembled small cities.
• The palace at Knossos is a magnificent
palace with brightly painted walls.
• The artisans made and decorate tools,
bronze, daggers, pottery and other
objects in the palace workshops.
• They exported olive oil, honey and wine
to Egypt, Asia Minor and Greece.
• The primitive period or Dark Ages in the
Greece was considered as a barren
period. There were wars and struggles.
• Arts, trades and farming were disrupted.
• The art of writing was forgotten and as a
result, only few records about this period
• The succeeding of Greek civilization
such as the Archaic Golden Age,
Alexandrian and Hellenistic age
demonstrated the achievements in arts,
philosophy, science and religion of
• Athens become the center of culture.
• The art of poetry making was one of the
oldest art of the Greeks.
• The decoration of the jars and vases
showed the application of laws of unity
• The motifs of the potteries were not only
ornamental but also educational.
• The motifs portrayed daily life like
harvesting, weaving, baking, playing
sports and performing religious
• The Greek mastered the art of sculpture.
• The profile of human figure depicted
physical power, action and grace.
• The sculptures were built with full
expression and understanding if structure
• The Greeks technically perfected the art
of making seals, gems and coins.
• The ornaments , human profiles and
figures done in low miniature reliefs had
perfect and fine details.
• These fine works required extraordinary
eyesight and skillful hands.
• The glorious history of Greece and the
ruins of its ancient cities were as
splendid as any modern city.
• The arts and culture of Greece
influenced the people of the world.
• The sculpture and ruins of its ancient
cities had been living models of their
quest for perfection for centuries.
• Sculpture and architecture were the
greatest contribution of the Greeks to the
• The ruins of the ancient city and the
complexity of their sculptures influenced
• The arts of the Greeks are expressions
of their being hardworking religious and
• They are happy in their work and
recreation as portrayed in their pottery