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[Summary]Temple A temple (from the Latin 'templum') is a structure usually built for the purpose of, and always dedicated to, religious or spiritual activities including prayer, meditation, sacrifice and worship. The templum was a sacred precinct defined by a

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A temple (from the Latin 'templum') is a structure usually built for the purpose of, and always dedicated to, religious or spiritual activities including prayer, meditation, sacrifice and worship. The templum was a sacred precinct defined by a priest (or augur) as the dwelling place of a god or gods and the structure built there was created to honor the Deus Loci (spirit) of a certain place. Early temples were constructed on sites which the people felt had a numinous quality to them which indicated the presence of a god, gods, or spirits. Some the earliest examples of these outdoor temples still extant are in Orkney, Scotland at sites such as the Ness of Brodgar. Throughout the United Kingdom, the stone circles and structures from the Neolitic Period are all known to have once been used for religious ceremonies whether on a large scale, such as at Brodgar or more modest sites like the one at Clava Cairns. The Mayan temples are also thought to have begun as modest outdoor sites before the rise of the great pyramid temples such as El Castillo at Chichen-Itza. The word 'temple' dates to around the 6th century BCE in reference to Roman places of worship.

Ancient Greek Architecture Facts for Kids

Ancient Greek Architecture

Architecture is the art of designing and creating buildings. Greek architecture is a very specific and influential type of design, which was based off of the post-and-lintel system. The post-and-lintel system is made up of columns, which are large upright posts, with a roof, or architrave, over the top. This type of architecture began with the Greeks, but has persisted throughout the ages to live on today.

Ancient Greek Temples of the Mediterranean

Ancient Greek Temples

Ancient History et cetera showcases examples of Greek temples across the ancient mediterranean world.

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Ancient Greek Temples

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Ancient Greek Temples (part 1)

The first part introduces the main temples of ancient Greece, in the region of Greece, and some information about these temples.
The next two video will involve ancient Greek temples in Asia Minor (Turkey), Libya, and magna grecia (Italy).
In this video shows the ancient Greek temples: of Hera in Olympia, of Apollo in Corinth, of Zeus in Nemea ,of Apollo on Vasses Peloponnese, of Zeus in Olympia, of Poseidon at Sounion, the Parthenon in Athens, of Olympian Zeus in athens,the Erechtheum in Athens, of Athena Nike in Athens, of Hephaestus in Athens, of Athena Pronaia (tholos) at Delphi, of Apollo at Delphi, and Athena Aphaia in the island of Aegina.
Music song: Odyssey - Movement 1 From Mythodea(Vangelis)

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