Few statue types were in use in the Archaic period. The most important ones are the standing, nude youth (kouros) and the standing, elegantly draped girl (kore). A kouros or a kore may have served a number of purposes. It may have decorated a funerary monument, evoking the figure of the deceased. If it was erected in a sanctuary, sometimes it represented a deity, at other times a worshipper in the act of offering to the deity. The type of the seated figure was also frequent, chiefly representing gods and goddesses, priestesses and noblemen. Reliefs show the human figure in a way quite similar to what is encountered in the sculptural approach. Funerary reliefs do not represent the occupation of the deceased, but the way people wanted to preserve the memory of the person. The depiction of myth — which continues to this day — also began in this period. The term "Archaic period" was coined in antiquity, to denote an era which was regarded as outdated (archaios), and clearly distinguished from the following period which was seen as exemplary, or classical. Still, the archaic style was often revived in the later centuries of antiquity, as it is attested by a series of archaistic statues.