from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Phidias fl. fifth century B.C. Athenian sculptor who supervised work on the Parthenon. His statue of Zeus at Olympia was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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  • n. ancient Greek sculptor (circa 500-432 BC)


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  • The statue of Zeus in his Temple was created by Pheidias, whom we call Phidias, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

    See Delphi and Die

  • But the man who made what one may as well call "The Theseus" and "The Ilissus," the man whom one may as well call Phidias, crowns the last vital movement in the Hellenic slope.


  • Of Greek work itself I have never spoken but with a reverence quite infinite: I name Phidias always in exactly the same tone with which I speak of Michael Angelo, Titian, and Dante.

    The Two Paths

  • By contrast, the idealized statues of the gods created by Greek sculptors, such as Phidias and Praxiteles, are clearly alive and animated, even when the gods are depicted at rest.

    Hegel's Aesthetics

  • Who then is a Stoic -- in the sense that we call a statue of Phidias which is modelled after that master's art?

    The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

  • But even an artist such as Phidias expressly stated that it was the Zeus of Homer who inspired his greatest work, quoting the well-known passage in the Iliad in which the god grants the prayer of Thetis: --

    Religion and Art in Ancient Greece

  • Who then is a Stoic—in the sense that we call that a statue of Phidias which is modelled after that master’s art?


  • It had a splendor and majesty such as Phidias might have given to a woman Jupiter.

    The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches

  • This beautiful lip is supported by the strong red breadth of its lower mate, adorable in kindness, swelling with love, a lip like the outer petal of a pomegranate such as Phidias might have carved, and the color of which it has.


  • Oh, for a Phidias or a Praxiteles to have made the wonder of her body immortal!



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