How the most glorified Pheidias's creation was called?
The Olympic Games of antiquity were the most spectacular competitions of those times, loved by all inhabitants of the Hellenistic world. Olympia, area in a northwest part of Peloponnese, the Greek peninsula was the place of their carrying out. For the period of the games the military conflicts and conflicts stopped. And they were devoted to the Supreme deity of an Ancient Greek pantheon – to Zeus.
For this reason in Olympia was built Zeus's temple in 456. In this temple the statue of Zeus sitting on a throne, works of the glorified Pheidias was the central figure. It is possible to call work of the master ingenious – god sat on the throne as live. Statue height according to different data about 12 m 40 cm or 18 m, and is 4 or 6 floor houses. Zeus was cut out from a tree, then on this preparation by iron and bronze nails other details from other materials fastened. From ivory the face and hands, a beard, hair, sandals, a raincoat – were made of gold, an eye – gemstones. The embodiment of beauty – and differently Greeks called this work in any way. Zeus's statue was esteemed ancient by one of wonders of the world.
Later Zeus Olimpiysky's statue was transported several centuries to the Byzantine Constantinople. But ill fate interfered with the fate of this masterpiece – the statue was killed in fire fire. From former magnificence there were only some bone plates which escaped from fire and ingots of the melted gold. As the statue of work of famous Pheidias to us looked it is known on the small figurines, copies of work of the master and some coins found on excavation.