Many historians believe that pottery was first brought to Greece from the Anatolian region (located in modern-day Turkey) during the great settlement of the Aegean during the Neolithic period (6000-2900 B.C.). Greek pottery was not simply utilitarian, or designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive, but it also reflected the social and cultural values of the Greek history. Ancient Greek pottery was intended for everyday use as well as to be used for decoration. The ancient pottery provides people with important information about the Greek culture: such as the Greek Alphabet which consisted of only 20 letters, which are: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omicron, Pi, Rho, Sigma, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Si, & Omega. The Greek used pottery to also pass messages. They wrote on the hardened clay and the message was passed down. They would sometimes use the same pot for days writing messages back and forth. A large number of the scenes painted on the pottery illustrate the myths and legends of the ancient Greeks. Because of pottery’s durability, it comprises a large part of the archaeological record of the Ancient Greece, and since there is so much of it, it has exerted a large influence on the understanding of Greek society. Each period has its own style of decorations. Although, Greek pottery was used to explain myths and legends, it also had many other uses. Greek pottery is famed for its range of uses, from large storage containers for oil and grain to small pots meant to hold perfumes to vessels used strictly for ceremonial purposes, as much as for the range of motifs, patterns and painting techniques utilized, or used, by Greek artisans. As you can see, there are many uses for Greek pottery. They are used for storing food, oil, passing messages, decoration, and they were used for understanding the Greek society.