T he procedures of planning and building are best known from Athens, where the democratic regime had elaborated institutions for all public matters. In general terms, the procedure was following these stages :
- An often prominent citizen's proposal to the peoples assembly or or another institutional body for the need of this particular project.
- Prosopal's adoption with or without differentiations.
- Election and establisment of an overseers comittee, the temple - bulilders and selection of an architect who would prepare an none budgeted technical description of the project
- Submission and approval of the technical description by the peoples assembly.
- Preparation of the construction site by hiring craftsmen and workers or contractors to undertake the project or parts of it.
- Supervision of the project by the temple-buliders comitee and the architect, checking and authorizing the payment of contractors or craftsmen and workers.
B uilding inscriptions engraved on stelai included all the content of the resolution that had been approved by the peoples assembly and had became law.
In addition to the type and scope of the project, they included regulations for the execution process, and thus help us to understand the work organization and the amount spending on various sub-projects. In these documents we have detailed obligations of contractors and craftsmen, accounts, descriptions, specifications for initial or resulting works, reports, etc.
These texts, in two copies engraved on marble stelai were displayed in public areas In this way every citizen could be informed for the project, as there was a great sensitivity concerning public spendings.