Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Phidias
(2,700 words)

(Φειδίας/Pheidías; Latin Phidias)

A. Historical dimension

P., son of Charmides, came from Athens. Between around 465/60 and 430 BC, he worked as a sculptor, caster and metalworker, producing works of art for Athens, Delphi, Ephesus, Olympia, Pellene, Plataeae and Thebes. According to the ancient sources [09. nos. 618–807], he portrayed mostly deities, amongst which works the statue of the standing Athena Parthenos in the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis (created between 447 and 438) and the seated statue of Zeus in the Temple of Zeus at Olympia (from c. 440 BC), both chryselep…

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Baumann, Mario, “Phidias”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004688>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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