Shaping Ceremony in some ways picks up where Vincent Scully's The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods left off half a century ago in attempting to ground modern understanding of ancient Greek architecture in landscape and setting.1 Scully claimed that scholars have been blind to the meaning of landscapes for the ancient Greeks because landscapes cannot be categorized or studied as iconography. Similarly, Mary Hollinshead states in the introduction to her book that, due to their relational character, monumental steps in Greek sanctuaries are rarely considered by scholars as architectural components (3, 5). Steps are difficult to analyze with the kinds of typologies often used in the...

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