Local craftsmen and workshops. Local production
After the 9th century, Thebes, the capital of the Theme of Hellas, became the residence of the upper social class. Members of the local aristocracy, officials, clerics, monks and members of the military paid for the building and decoration of a large number of monuments in the area, contributing at the same time to the increase in artistic output. A great number of craftsmen, artists and sculptors worked in Boeotia, they created original works, and, as they moved around, they passed their knowledge on to younger craftsmen.