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An important aspect of Greek religion which has remained most visible to people today is the widespread presence of iconic representation of the gods, goddesses, and mythic stories in which they act. Greek art can be found in the form of statues, reliefs, temple friezes, and various types of pottery.

What function did the iconic representations served? Everything worked to first maintain the connection between the profane and the sacred worlds. People didn't need to tell stories or perform rituals in order be in contact with the divine if the gods were represented on objects around them.

The presence of religious iconography on sacred sites, especially the cult statues in temples, also served to invoke the presence of the gods and draw them closer to the rituals being performed.

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