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Phidias

Phidias


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Greek sculptor (490 BC-430 BC). Considered the greatest Greek sculptor of the classical period, he is the creator of the Parthenon and the statues of the Greek gods. There is little information about your life and the place of your birth is uncertain.

Among his early works is a bronze statue to celebrate the victory of the Greeks over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. Around 456 BC, the work is taken to the Acropolis of Athens. With the second Persian invasion the city is looted, with houses and temples destroyed.
During the rebuilding period, Phidias is appointed by Pericles to design and oversee the construction of the Parthenon and the temple of the goddess Athena on the Acropolis.

In 438 BC he executed the statue of Athena, made of gold and ivory, and 92 relief sculptures, used as friezes along the walls of the Acropolis. He is accused of heresy for placing his and Pericles' portrait on the gates of the city's temple.

There are divergent versions of the last days of Phidias. Some claim their death occurs in prison. Others say he manages to escape to Olympia, where he dies after building the statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.