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Meaning and Narrative Techniques in Statue-Bases of the Pheidian Circle

Olga Palagia

in Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780748614066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.003.0005
Meaning and Narrative Techniques in Statue-Bases of the Pheidian Circle

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This chapter looks at a number of problems of technique and interpretation posed by the four cult-statue-bases produced by Pheidias and his chief pupils, Alkamenes and Agorakritos. Pheidias led the way with his base for the Athena Parthenos in the Parthenon, completed just before the dedication of the statue in 438. This was followed by his own base for the Zeus at Olympia. The figures on Pheidias' base at Olympia were metalwork, those on the bases of his pupils were carved in marble; the evidence on the Parthenos base is inconclusive. The scenes are remarkable for their lack of narrative. The myths were recognised thanks to the names of the figures presumably painted on the background.

Keywords: technique; interpretation; cult; statue; bases; Pheidias; Alkamenes; Agorakritos; Athena; Parthenon

Chapter.  9084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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