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Egyptian Architecture Vs Greek Temple Essay

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The word temple from the Latin word templum means a dwelling place. One of the things Egyptian and Greek temples have together is that their temples serve as a worship places or dwelling place for their gods. The temples were built to house their gods. The sanctuaries where rituals are made to their gods on behave of the pharaohs (Egyptian rulers) and the kings (Greek rulers), and their people. However, the Egyptian temples were not intended for public gathering. Ordinary people were forbidden to worship in the temple. The Egyptian temples were only permissive to the priest that offer sacrifice on behalf of the pharaoh and the people (59). On the other hand, the Greek temples even though they have inner places that only the priests can enter,…show more content…
Egyptian temple was landscaped in such a way that the external wall looked like a fortress isolating the temple from its environment which symbolically denoted the forces of chaos and evil. In the same vein, Egyptian temple hypostyle hall and ceiling are decorated with paints, stars, and other celestial bodies. Whereas, Greek temple is positioned and planned to maximize the context of its surrounding landscape. Again, the Greek decorations are straight decorations. They are decorated following pre-defined Ionic and Doric…show more content…
In the tenth century B.C.E., Greek temple was made of ephemeral materials such as wood and mud brick. In the eighth century B.C.E., the Greek architecture begins to move from ephemeral materials to permanent material like stone. In the fifth century B.C.E., the Greek city-states were engaging in the show of resources. An example is the Athenians that invested substantial resources in the building of their temple to honor their gods. In addition, architecture was affected immensely in the process of uplifting the temple in the later century. Greeks re-used temples by remodeling it. Building a new structure on existing
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