After the Persian Wars in Greece, Pericles came into power and ordered all the temples rebuilt. One was the Temple of Hephaestus. It was rebuilt in Doric style, in white marble, and dedicated to the god Hephaestus who was the god of metal working and craftsmanship. The construction began in 449 and ended in 415 B.C. Many stories are depicted on the pillars and friezes of this temple, among them the Twelve Labors of Hercules. The Temple of Hephaestus was built in the Classical period of Greek art.
One of the most unique traits of the Classical period was the development of contraposto. This style portrayed statues more realistic and life-like than in the Archaic Period (6th century).