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Phidias




Phidias was a Greek sculptor, painter and architect lived in the 5th century BC, and is regarded as one of the greatest of all sculptors of Classical Greece. His  Statue of Zeus, at Olympia, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. He  also designed the statues of the goddess Athena on the Athenian Acropolis, a colossal bronze statue of Athena which stood between it and the Propylaea, a monumental gateway that served as the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. Prior to the Peloponnesian war, Phidias was accused of embezzling gold intended for the statue of Athena inside the Parthenon. Pericles’ enemies found a false witness named Menon and Phidias died in prison, although Pericles’ companion, Aspasia, was acquitted of her own charges.