Ancient civilizations generally had reciprocal relationships with their gods, with each side having responsibilities to the other.
To ensure the gods continued to grace the people with good fortune, it was important for people to regularly honor them. To this end,
temple-building was an important part of any city construction, with the most important temples being in prominent locations.
The ancient Greeks were no different. While they honored a wide array of gods, they honored all of them in very similar buildings.
As such, all Greek temples share a number of traits concerning materials, construction techniques and layouts