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where he was slain by some of his own followers. (Appian, Bell. Mithrad, c. 120.-Dio Cass., l.c.) Pharnacia, a city of Pontus, on the seacoast, and in the territory of the Mosynoeci. It is erroneously confounded with Cerasus by Arrian (Peripl., p. 17), while the anonymous geographer, though in this instance he copies that writer, yet afterward places Cerasus 530 stadia farther to the east (p. 13). It should be observed, also, that Strabo says that Cotyorum, and not Cerasus, had contributed to the foundation of Pharnacia (Strabo, 548); and he afterward names Cerasus as a small place distinct from that town and nearer Trapezus. Pliny, moreover, distinguishes Pharnacia and Cerasus, and he besides informs us that the former was 100 miles from Trapezus (6, 4). Xenophon and the Greeks were three days on their march from Trapezus to Cerasus, a space of time too short to accomplish a route of 100 miles over a difficult country. (Anab., 5, 3, 5.) It is apparent, therefore, that the Cerasus of Xenophon is not to be identified with Pharnacia, though it might be thought so in Arrian's time; and it is remarkable that this erroneous opinion should have prevailed so strongly as to leave the name of Keresoun to the site occupied by the ancient Pharnacia. With respect to this latter place, it appears to have been founded by Pharmaces, grandfather of Mithradates the Great, though we have no positive authority for the fact. We know only that it existed in the time of the last-mentioned monarch, since it is spoken of in Plutarch's Life of Lucullus. Mannert is inclined to think, that Pharmacia was sounded on the site of a Greek settlement named Choerades, which Scylax places in this vicinity (p. 33). It is also noticed by Stephanus of Byzantium as a town of the Mosynoeci, on the authority of Hecataeus (s. v. Xoupédec.—Mannert, Geogr., vol. 6, pt. 2, p. 386.-Cramer's Asia Minor, vol. 1, p. 281). Pharos, I. a small island in the bay of Alexandrea, at the entrance of the greater harbour, upon which was built, in the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus, a celebrated tower, to serve as a lighthouse. The architect was Sostratus, son of Dexiphanes. This tower, which was also called Pharos, and which passed for one of the seven wonders of the world, was built with white marble, and could be seen at a very great distance. It had several stories raised one above another, adorned with columns, balustrades, and galleries, of the finest marble and workmanship. On the top, fires were kept lighted in the night season, to direct sailors in the bay, which was dangerous and difficult of access. The building of this tower cost the Egyptian monarch 800 talents, about 850,000 dollars. According to Strabo, there was on the tower the following inscription, cut into the marble, XQXTPATOX KNIAIOX AEEI5 ANOYX 0EOIX Xq'THPXIN TIIEP TON IIAQIZOMENON (“Sostratus the Cnidian, son of Deriphanes, to the gods the preservers, for the benefit of mariners”). Pliny also speaks of the magnanimity of Ptolemy, in allowing the name of Sostratus, and not his own, to be inscribed upon the tower. (Strab., 791. —Plin., 36, 12.) Lucian, however, tells a different story. According to that writer, Sostratus, wishing to enjoy in after ages all the glory of the work, cut the above inscription on the stones, and then, covering them over with cement, wrote upon the latter another inscription, which assigned the honour of having erected this structure to the author of the work, King Ptolemy. The cement, however, having decayed through time, Ptolemy's inscription disappeared, and the other became visible. (Lucian, Quomodo hist. conscrib. sit, 62.) Where Lucian obtained this story is not known ; it is certainly a most incredible narrative, and very probably an invention of his own. (Du Soul, ad Lucian, l.c.)—The island of Pharos was eight stadia from the main land, and connected with it by a causeway, which o two bridges, one at either end. (Vos6

sius, ad Mel., 2, 7, p. 761.) Strabo, however, and Josephus call the mound or causeway &mraoréðtov zoua, or one of seven stadia, referring probably to the work itself, exclusive of the bridges. (Strabo, l. c.— Joseph., Ant. Jud., 12, 2, 12.) Ammianus Marcellinus, and some other writers after him, make Cleopatra to have erected the tower and built the causeway (Amm. Marcell., 22, 16.-Tzetz.- Cedren.), and some critics suppose that the tower must have been destroyed by Caesar in the Alexandrine war, and rebuilt by the Egyptian queen. This, however, can hardly have been the case, since Caesar merely speaks of his having ordered the private dwellings to be pulled down, but refers to the Pharos apparently as still standing. (Bell. Alex, 19.) As to the causeway itself, it is possible that Cleopatra may have continued it to the main land, after the bridge at that end had been destroyed. (Voss., ad Mel, l.c.) The Nubian geographer, in a later age, gives the elevation of the Pharos as 300 cubits, from which it would appear that the tower must have lost a portion of its original height. (Falconer, ad Strab., l.c.) The name Pharos itself would seem to have been given to the tower first, and after that to the island, if the Greek etymology be the true one, according to which the term comes from the Greek påø, “to shine” or “be bright” (páw, páog, Øaepóg, pápoo). Jablonski, however, makes the word of Egyptian origin, and deduces it from pharez, “a watch-tower” or “look-out place.” (Voc. AEgypt., s. v.—Opusc., vol. 1, p. 378, ed. Te Water.) The celebrity of the Egyptian Pharos made this a common appellation among the ancients for any edifice that was raised to direct the course of mariners either by means of lights or signals. The Emperor Claudius ordered one to be erected at Ostia, and there was another at Ravenna. (Voss., ad Plin., 36, 12.)—Instead of the ancient Pharos at Alexandrea, there is now only a kind of irregular castle, without ditches or outworks of any strength, the whole being accommodated to the inequality of the ground on which it stands. Out of the midst of this clumsy building rises a tower, which serves for a lighthouse, but which has nothing of the beauty and grandeur of the old one.—II. An island off the coast of Illyricum, to the east of Issa, and answering to the modern Lessina. It was settled by a colony from Paros (Scylar, p. 8.—Scymn., Ch., v. 425), and was the birthplace of Demetrius the Pharian, whose name often occurs in the writings of Polybius. (Polyb., 2, 10, 8.—Id., 2,65, 4, &c.) Pharsalia, I. the region around the city of Pharsalus in Thessaly, celebrated for the battle fought in its plains between the armies of Caesar and Pompey. (Vid. Pharsalus.)—II. The title of Lucan's epic poem. (Vid. Lucanus.) Pharsilus, a city of Thessaly, situate in that part of the province which Strabo designates by the name of Thessaliotis. It lay southwest of Larissa, on the river Enipeus, which falls into the Apidanus, one of the tributaries of the Peneus. Although a city of considerable size and importance, we find no mention of it prior to the Persian invasion. Thucydides reports that it was besieged by the Athenian general Myronides after his success in Boeotia, but without avail (1,111). The same historian speaks of the services rendered to the Athenian people by Thucydides the Pharsalian, who performed the duties of proxenos to his countrymen at Athens (8, 92); and he also states that the Pharsalians generally favoured that republic during the Peloponnesian war. At a later period, the plains in the vicinity of this city became celebrated for the battle fought in them between the armies of Caesar and Pompey. (Wid. Pharsalia I.)— Livy seems to make a distinction between the old and new town, as he speaks of Palaeo-Pharsalus (441.Compare Strabo, 431). Dr. Clarke (Travels, vol. 7, p. 328, Lond, ed.) observes, that there 3. few anti102

quities at Pharsalus. The name of Pharsa alone reInains to show what it once was. Southwest of the town there is a hill surrounded with ancient walls, formed of large masses of a coarse kind of marble. Upon a lofty rock above the town to the south are .. ruins of greater magnitude, showing a considerable portion of the walls of the Acropolis and remains of the Propylaea. (Cramer's Anc. Gr., vol. 1, p. 398.) PHARUsii, a people of Africa, beyond Mauritania, situate perhaps to the east of the Autololes, which latter people occupied the Atlantic coast of Africa, opo: to the Insulae Fortunatae. (Mela, 1, 4, 23.-ossius, ad loc.) Phaselis, a town of Lycia, on the eastern coast, near the confines of Pamphylia. Livy remarks, that it was a conspicuous point for those sailing from Cilicia to Rhodes, since it advanced out towards the sea; and, on the other hand, a fleet could easily be descried from it (37, 23). Hence the epithet of ovellóeqaa applied to it by Dionysius Periegetes (v. 854). We are informed by Herodotus (2, 178), that this town was colonized by some Dorians. Though united to Lycia, it did not form part of the Lycian confederacy, but was governed by its own laws. (Strabo, 667.) Phaselis, at a later period, having become the haunt of pirates, was attacked and taken by Servilius Isauricus, (Flor., 3, 6.-Eutrop., 6, 3.) Lucan speaks of it as nearly deserted when visited by Pomey in his flight after the battle of Pharsalia (8,251). Nevertheless, Strabo asserts that it was a considerable town, and had three ports. He observes, also, that it was taken by Alexander, as an advantageous post for the prosecution of his conquests into the interior. (Strab.,666.-Compare Arrian, Exp. Al., 1,24. —Plut., Wit. Aler.) Phaselis, according to Athenaeus, was celebrated for the manufacture of rose perfume (14, p. 688). Nicander certainly commends its roses (ap. Athen., p. 683.)—“On a small peninsula, at the foot of Mount Takhtalu (the highest point of the Solymean mountains),” says Captain Beaufort, “are the remains of the city of Phaselis, with its three ports and lake as described by Strabo. The lake is now a mere swamp, o: the middle of the isthmus, and was probably the source of those baneful exhalations which, according to Livy and Cicero, rendered Phaselis so unhealthy. The modern name of Phaselis is Tekropa.” (Karamania, p. 56.) “The harbour and town of Phaselis,” observes Mr. Fellows, “are both extremely well built and interesting, but very small. Its theatre, stadium, and temples may all be traced, and its numerous tombs on the hills show how long it must have existed.” (Tour in Asia Minor, p. 211.)—Beyond Phaselis the mountains press in upon the shore, and leave a very narrow passage along the strand, which at low water is practicable, but, when storms prevail and the sea is high, it is extremely dangerous: in this case, travellers must pass the mountains, and proceed into the interior by a long circuit. The defile in question, as well as the mountains overhanging it, was called Climax, and it obtained celebrity from the fact that Alexander led his army along it, after the conquest of Caria, under circumstances of great difficulty and danger; for, though the wind blew violently, Alexander, impatient of delay, hurried his troops forward, along the shore, where they had the water up to their middle, and had great difficulty in making their way. (Strab., 666, seq.—Arrian, Erp. Al., I, 26.-Plut., Vit. Aler.) Captain Beaufort remarks, that “the shore at present exhibits a remarkable coincidence with the account of Alexander's march from Phaselis. The road along the beach is, however, interrupted in some places by projecting cliffs, which would have been difficult to surmount, but round which the men could readily pass by wading through the water.” (Karamania, p. 115, seq.—Compare Leake's Tour, p. 190.)

PhastīNA, a district of Armenia Major, through which the river Phasis or Araxes flows ; whence the name of the region. The beautiful birds, which we call pheasants, still preserve in their name the traces of this their native country. (Vid. Araxes I.) PHAsíAs, a patronymic o to Medea, as being born in Colchis, on the banks of the Phasis. (Ori, A. A., 2, 381.) Phasis, I. a river of Asia, falling into the Euxine after passing through parts of Armenia, Iberia, and Colchis. According to Strabo and Pliny, it rose in the southern portion of the Moschian mountains, which were regarded as belonging to Armenia. (Struio, 498.-Plin., 6, 4.) Procopius states that in the early part of its course it was called Boas, but that, after reaching the confines of Iberia, and becoming increased in size by several tributaries, it took the name of Phasis. (Procop., Pers., 2, 29.) Its modern name is Rion or Rioni, which would seem more properly to belong to the Rheon, one of its tributaries. The Turks call it the Fasch. The Phasis is famous in mythology from Jason's having obtained in its vicinity the golden fleece of Grecian fable. Arrian (Peripl., Mar. Eur) says, that the colour of the water of the Phasis resembled that of water impregnated with lead or tin; that is, it was of a bluish cast. It was said, also, not to intermingle with the sea for some distance from land. —For some general remarks on the name Phasis, consult remarks at the end of this article. (Marinert, Geogr., vol. 4, p. 394, seqq.)—II. A city at the mouth of the Colchian Phasis, founded by a Milesian colony. (Mela, 1, 85.) It does not appear to have been a place of any great trade. In Hadrian's time it was a mere fortress, with a garrison of 400 men. (Arnas, Peripl.-Ammian. Marcell., 22, 8.) The place is not mentioned by Procopius. In the vicinity of this spot, the Turks, in former days, had the small fortress of Potti. (Mannert, Geogr., vol. 4, p. 396.)—III. A river of Armenia Major, the same with the Araxes. (Vid. Araxes, I.)—The name Phasis would seem to have been a general appellation for rivers in early Onental geography, and the root of it may be very fairly traced in the Indo-Germanic dialects. (Phas.—Wes —German Wasser, “Water.”—Consult Ritter, Warhalle, p. 466.) Phavorinus (in Greek basepivot), a native of Arelate in Gaul, who lived at Rome during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian, and enjoyed a high degree of consideration. He wrote numerous works, but no part of them has reached us except a few fragments in Stobalus. Aulus Gellius, however, has preserved for us some of his dissertations in a Latin dress. (Noct. Att, 12, 1 ; 14, 1, 2; 17, 10.) Phavorinus loved to write on topics out of the common path, and more or less whimsical; he composed, for example, a eulogium on Thersites, another on Quartan Fever, &c. Having had the misfortune to offend the Emperor Hadrian, his statues, which the Athenians had raised to him, were thrown down by that same people. He bequeathed his library and mansion at Rome to Herodes Atticus. Phavorinus was a friend of Plutarch's, who dedicated a work to him. For farther particulars relating to this individual, consult Philostratus (Wit. Sophist., 1, S, 1), and Lucian (Eunuch., c. 7-Demon., c. 12, seq.Schöll, Gesch. Gr. Lit., vol. 2, p. 607.) Phazania, a region of Africa, lying to the south of Tripolis. It is now Fezzan. (Plin., 5, 3.) Pheniéus (béveoc), a city in the northern part of Arcadia, at the foot of Mount Cyllene. It was a town of great antiquity, since Hercules is said to have resided there aster his departure from Tiryns, and Homer has mentioned it among the principal Arcadian cities. (Il., 2, 605.) The place was surrounded by some extensive marshes, which are said to have once inundated the whole country, and to have destroyed

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whole valley, and, communicating with the Ladon and Alpheus, overflowed the beds of those rivers as far as Olympia. (Eratosth., ap. Strab., 389.) Pausanias

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to drain the Phenean marshes, and ascribed by the natives to Hercules, were to be seen near the city (8, 14). The vestiges of the town itself are visible, according to Dodwell, near the village of Phonia, upon an insulated rock. The lake is said to be very small, and to vary according to the season of the year. . (Dodwell, vol. 2, p. 436.-Cramer's Anc. Gr., vol. 3, p. 321.) PhERAE, I. a city of Pelasgiotis, in Thessaly, one of the most ancient and important places in the country. It was the capital of Admetus and Eumelus, as we learn from Homer (Il., 2, 711, seq.) and Apollonius. (Arg., 1, 49.-Compare Hom., Od., 4, 798.) Pherae was famed at a later period as the native place of Jason, who, having raised himself to the head of affairs by his talents and ability, became master not only of his own city, but of nearly the whole of Thessaly. (Vid. Jason, II.) After the death of Jason, Pherae was ruled over by Polydorus and Polyrophon, his two brothers. The latter of these was succeeded by Alexander, who continued for eleven years the scourge of his native city and of the whole of Thessaly. (Xen., Hist. Gr., 6, 5.) His evil designs were for a time checked by the brave Pelopidas, who entered that province at the head of a Boeotian force, and occupied the citadel of Larissa ; but, on his falling into the hands of the tyrant, the Boeotian army was placed in a most perilous situation, and was only saved by the presence of mind and ability of Epaminondas, then serving as a volunteer. The Thebans subsequently rescued Pelopidas, and, under his command, made war upon Alexander of Pherae, whom they defeated, but at the expense of the life of their gallant leader, who sell in the action. (Plut., Wit. Pelop.–Polyb., 8, 1, 6, seqq.) Alexander was not long aster assassinated by his wife and her brothers, who continued to tyrannize over this country until it was liberated by Philip of Macedon. (Xen., Hist. Gr., 6, 4.— Diod. Sic., 16, 38.) Many years after, Cassander, as we are informed by Diodorus, fortified Pheroe, but Demetrius Poliorcetes contrived, by secret negotiations, to obtain possession of both the town and citadel. (Diod. Sic., 20, 110.) In the invasion of Thessaly by Antiochus, Pherao was forced to surrender to the troops of that monarch after some resistance. (Liv., 36, 9.) It afterward fell into the hands of the Roman consul Acilius. (Id., 36, 14.) Strabo observes, that the constant tyranny under which this city laboured had hastened its decay. (Strab., 436.) Its territory was most fertile, and the suburbs, as we collect from Polybius, were surrounded by gardens and walled enclosures (18, 2). Stephanus Byzantinus speaks of an old and new town of Pherae, distant about eight stadia from each other. Phera, according to Strabo, was ninety stadia from Pagasae, its emporium. (Cramer's Ancient Greece, vol. 1, p.393.)—II. A town of Ætolia. (Steph. Byz., s. v. pepai.)—III. A town of Messenia, to the east of the river Pamisus. At this place Homer makes Telemachus and the son of Nestor to have been entertaincd by Diocles, on their way from Pylos to Sparta, (Od., 15, 186.) It is also alluded to in the Iliad (5, 543). Pherae was one of the seven towns offered by Agamemnon to Achilles. (Il, 9, 15.1.). It was annexed by Augustus to Laconia, after the battle of Actium. (Pausan, 4, 30.--Cramer's Ancient Greece, vol. 3, p. 141.)

have written 21 comedies, of which a few fragments remain. The following are the titles of some of his pieces: “The Deserters,” “Chiron,” “The Old Women,” “The Painters,” “The False Hercules,” &c. Such was the license which prevailed at this period on the Greek stage, that Pherecrates was particularly commended for having abstained entirely in his pieces from any personal attacks. He was also the inventor of a species of verse, which was called from him the Pherecratean or Pherecratic. The Pherecratic verse is the Glyconic deprived of the final syllable, and consists of a spondee, a choriambus, and a catalectic syllable. The first foot was sometimes a trochee or an anapaest, rarely an iambus. When this species of verse has a spondee in the first station, it may then be scanned as a dactylic trimeter. It has been conjectured that the trochee was originally the only foot admissible in the first place of the Pherecratic. (Ramsay, Lat. Pros., p. 192.-Schöll, Hist. Lit. Gr., vol. 2, p. 90.) The so ments of Pherecrates were given with those of É. by Runkel, Lips., 1829, 8vo. PHERecydes, I. a Grecian philosopher, contemporary with Terpander and Thales, who flourished about 600 B.C., and was a native of the island of Scyros. The particulars which remain of the life of Pherecydes are few and imperfect. Marvellous circumstances have been related of him, which only deserve to be mentioned in order to show, that what has been deemed supernatural by ignorant spectators may be easily conceived to have happened from natural causes. A ship in full sail was, at a distance, approaching its harbour; Pherecydes predicted that it would never come into the haven, and it happened accordingly, for a storm arose which sunk the vessel. After drinking water from a well, he predicted an earthquake, which happened three days afterward. It is easy to suppose that these predictions might have been the result of a careful observation of those phenomena which commonly precede storms or earthquakes, in a climate where they frequently happen. Pherecydes is said to have been the first among the Greeks who wrote concerning the nature of the gods; but this can only mean that he was the first who ventured to write upon these subjects in prose. For, before his time, Orpheus, Musacus, and others, had written theogonies in verse. Some have ascribed to him the invention of the sundial; but the instrument was of a more ancient date, being mentioned in the Jewish history of Hezekiah, king of Judea. (2 Kings, 20, 11.) Concerning the manner in which he died, nothing certain is known; for, as to the story of his having been gradually consumed for his impiety by the loathsome disease called morbus pedicularis, this must doubtless be set down in the long list of idle tales by which the ignorant and .. have always endeavoured to bring philosophy into contempt. He lived to the age of eightyfive years.--It is difficult to give, in any degree, an accurate account of the doctrines of Pherecydes; both because he delivered them, after the manner of the times, under the concealment of symbols, and because a very few memoirs of this philosopher remain. It is most probable, that he taught those opinions concerning the gods and the origin of the world which the ancient theogonists borrowed from Egypt. Another tenet, which is, by the universal consent of the ancients, ascribed to Pherecydes, is that of the immortality of the soul, for which he was, perhaps, indebted to the Egyptians. Cicero says (Tusc. Quast., 1, 16) that he was the first philosopher in whose writings this doctrine appeared. He is also said, and not im

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probably, to have taught the doctrine of the transmigration of the soul : for this was a tenet commonly received among the Egyptians, and afterward taught by Pythagoras. Whether it was that Pherecydes instituted no sect; or that his writings sell into disuse through their obscurity; or that Pythagoras designedly suppressed them, that he might appear the original author of the doctrines which he had learned from his master; or whatever else might be the cause, we are left without farther insormation concerning his philosophy. (Enfield's History of Philosophy, vol. 1, p. 362, seqq.) There are extant some fragments of a Theogony composed by him, which bear a strange character, and have a much closer resemblance to the Orphic poems than to those of Hesiod. . They show that, by this time, the characteristic of the theogonic oetry had been changed, and that Orphic ideas were in vogue. (Müller, Hist. Gr. Lit., . 234.) The fragments of Pherecydes, together with those of his namesake of Leros, were edited by Sturz, Gera, 1789, 8vo, and a new edition appeared in 1824, Lips., 8vo, with additional fragments, and more enlarged explanations. The preface to this latter edition contains the reater part of Matthiae's dissertation, which Sturz unÉ. to refute. The dissertation just mentioned was published by Matthiae, in 1814, Altenb., 8vo, and was reprinted in Wolf's Analekten, vol. 1, p. 321, seqq.–Pherecydes, and Cadmus of Miletus, are said to have been the first of the Greeks that wrote in prose. (Scholl, Hist. Lit. Gr., vol. 1, p. 212. Hoffmann, Lez. Bibliogr., vol. 3, p. 219.)—II. A native of Leros, one of the Sporades, and a contemporary with Herodotus. He was the last of the Logographers, or compilers in prose of historical traditions (26)01, and Ypápo). After him the regular historians begin. Pherecydes, among other works, made a collection of traditions relative to the early history of Athens. The fragments of this writer have been edited, along with those of Pherecydes of Scyros, by Sturz, Gerae, 1789, 8vo, republished at Leipsic in 1824. (Scholl, Hist. Lit. Gr., vol. 2, p. 140.) PhEREs, son of Cretheus, and of Tyro the daughter of Salmoneus. He sounded Pherae in Thessaly, where he reigned, and became the father of Admetus, and of Lycurgus, king of Nemea. (Apollod., 1, 9, 11. —Id., 1, 9, 13.) Phidias, a celebrated statuary, son of Charmidas, and a native of Athens. Nothing authentic is related concerning his earlier years, except that he was instructed in statuary by Hippias and Ageladas, and that, when quite a youth, he practised o and made a icture of Jupiter Olympius. (Plin., 35, 8, 34.—Sie* Indic. Winkelm., p. 324.—Jacobs, Amalth., vol. 2, p. 247.) Respecting Hippias we have little information. In what period Phidias was a pupil of Ageladas is likewise uncertain; but as Pausanias makes Ageladas a contemporary of Onatas, who flourished about the 78th Olympiad (Pausan., 8, 42, 4), and as in this period Ageladas was both distinguished by his own productions as an artist, and was at the head of a very celebrated school of statuary, we may properly assume this as the time in which Phidias was under his tuition. Between the date iust mentioned and the third year of the 85th Olympiad, there is an interval of 30 years. If with these conclusions we attempt to ascertain the time of the birth of Phidias, it is by no means an improbable conjecture that he was about 20 years of age when he received the instructions of Ageladas, and, therefore, was born in the first year of the 73d Olympiad, or B.C. 488, a date very nearly according with that given by Müller. This computation will explain the fact, that in B.C. 438, Phidias, then 50 years of age, represented himself as bald on the shield of the Athenian Minerva. He must also have been about 56 years of age at the time of his death. Sullig, Dict, Art, s. v.)—Phidias brought to his pro

session a knowledge of all the fincr parts of science which could tend to dignify and enhance it. With the most exquisite harmonies of poetry, and the most gorgeous fictions of mythology, he was no less familiar than with geometry, optics, and history. From Homer, whose works he must have deeply studied, he drew those images of greatness, which he afterward moulded in earthly materials with a kindred spirit. The circumstance which, by a singular felicity, not often accorded to genius, elicited the powers of Phidias, was the coincidence, in point of time, of the full maturity of his talents with the munificent administration of Pericles. Intent on his great national design of adorning Athens with the choicest specimens of art, this statesman saw with eagerness, in the genius of Phidias, the means of giving form, shape, and completeness to the most glorious of his conceptions. He accordingly appointed this great sculptor the general superintendent of all the public works then in progress, both of architecture and statuary (Plut., Wit. Pericl., 13), and well did the event sanction the choice which was thus made by him. The buildings reared under the direction of Phidias, though finished within a comparatively short period, seemed built for ages, and, as observed by Plutarch, had the venerable air of antiquity when newly completed, and retained all the freshness of youth after they had stood for ages. The beautiful sculptures on the frieze of the Parthenon were the work of Phidias and his scholars, while the statue of the goddess within the temple was his entire production. This was, indeed, the most celebrated of all his works, if we except the Olympian Jupiter at Elis. Independently of the workmanship, the statue was of noble dimensions and of the most costly materials. It was twenty-six cubits, or thirty-nine feet in height, and formed of ivory and gold; being most probably composed originally of the former, and overlaid, in part, by the latter. The goddess was represented in a noble attitude, erect, clothed in a tunic reaching to her feet. On her head was a casque: in one hand she held a spear; in the other, which was stretched out, an ivory figure of Victory, four cubits high; while at her feet was a buckler, exquisitely carved, the concave representing the war of the giants, the convex the battle between the Athenians and Amazons, and portraits of the artist and his patron were introduced among the Athenian combatants, one cause of the future misfortunes which envy brought upon the author. On the middle of her helmet a sphinx was carved, and on each of its sides a griffon. On the aegis or breastplate was displayed a head of Medusa. The golden sandals were sculptured with the conflict between the Centaurs and Lapithae, and are described as a perfect gem of minute art. On the base of the statue was represented the legend of Pandora's creation, together with the images : twenty deities. (Pausan., 1, 24, 5. – Siebelis, ad loc.— Mar. Tyr., Diss. 14.— Plin., 36, 5, 4.) It was from this statue that Philorgus took away the golden head of Medusa (Isocrat. ad Calism. 57, ed. Bekk.), in the place of which an ivory figure of this head was afterward introduced, which was seen by Pausanias. (Böckh, Corp. Inscript., 1, 242.) This magnificent statue was repaired by Aristocles, in Olymp. 95.3 (Böckh, Corp. Inscript., 237); and that it might not be without the necessary moisture, as it was placed on the dry ground, *}. were accustomed to sprinkle water on the ivory. (Pausan, 5, 11, 5.) According to the account of an ancient writer named Philochorus (ap. Schol. ad Aristoph. Pac., 604), Phidias, soon after completing this statue, was charged with having embezzled a portion of the materials intended for the work, and, in consequence, fled to Elis, where he was employed in making the famous statue of Jupiter; but here again he was accused of similar embezzlement, and was put to death by the Elians. The best critics, however, consider this whole story to be false. Heyne, though he errs in maintaining that this statue was dedicated before that of Minerva, yet has very properly observed that, had Phidias been guilty of embezzlement in relation to it, the Elians would never have allowed him to inscribe his name on it, nor would they have intrusted its preservation to his descendants. (Antiq. Aufs., vol. 1, p. 201.) Müller, too, examines the whole subject with great impartiality, and comes to the conclusion, that the fame which Phidias had acquired by his Minerva induced the Elians to invite him to their country, in connexion with his relations and pupils; and that this journey was undertaken by him in the most honourable circumstances. (Muller, de Phidia Vita, p. 25, seqq.)—The statue of the Olympian Jupiter graced the temple of that god at Olympia in Elis, and was chryselephantine (made of gold and ivory), like that of Minerva. Like it, too, the size was colossal, being sixty feet high. The god was represented as sitting on his throne: in his right hand he held a figure of Victory, also made of gold and ivory, in his left a sceptre beautifully adorned with all kinds of metals, and having on the top of it a golden eagle. His brows were encircled with a crown, made to imitate leaves of olive; his robe was of massive gold, curiously adorned, by a kind of encaustic work probably, with various figures of anirmals, and also with lilies. The sandals, too, were of gold. The throne was inlaid with all kinds of precious materials, ebony, ivory, and gems, and was adorned with sculptures of exquisite beauty. On the base was an inscription recording the name of the artist. (Pausan., 5, 11. – Compare Quatremère de Quincy, Jup. Olymp., p. 310. – Siebelis ad Pausan., l.c.) Lucian informs us, that, in order to render this celebrated work as perfect in detail as it was noble in conception and outline, Phidias, when he exposed it for the first time after its completion to public view, placed himself behind the door of the temple, and listened attentively to every criticism made by the spectators: when the crowd had withdrawn and the temple gates were closed, he revised and corrected his work, wherever the objections he had just heard appeared to him to be wellgrounded ones. (Lucian, pro Imag., 14.) It is also said, that when the artist himself was asked, by his relation Pananus, the Athenian painter, who, it seems, aided join in the work, whence he had derived the idea of this his grandest effort, he replied, from the well-known passage in Homer, where Jove is represented as causing Olympus to tremble on its base by the mere movement of his sable brow. (Il., 1, 528.) The lines in question, with the exception of their reference to the “ambrosial curls,” and the brow of the god, contain no allusion whatever to external form, and yet they carry with them the noble idea of the Supreme Being nodding benignant assent with so much true majesty as to cause even Olympus to tremble. (Strab., 354.—Polyb., Erc. L., xxx., 15, 4, 3. —Muller, de Phid. Wit., p. 62.)—Of the whole work Quintilian remarks, that it even added new feelings to the religion of Greece (Inst. Or, 12, 10, 9), and yet, when judged according to the principles of genuine art, neither this nor the Minerva in the Parthenon possessed any strong claims to legitimate beauty. It does not excite surprise, therefore, to learn that Phidias himself disapproved of the mixed effect produced by such a combination of different circumstances, nor will it appear presumptuous in us to condemn these splendid representations. In these compositions, exposed, as they were, to the dim light of the ancient temple, and from their very magnitude imperfectly comprehended, the effects of variously reflecting substances, now gloom, now glowing with unearthly lustre, must have been rendered doubly imposing. But this influence, though well calculated to increase superstitious devotion, or to impress mysterious terror on the bewildered sense, was meretricious, and altogether diverse srom the solemn

repose, the simple majesty of form and expression, which constitute the true sublimity of sculptural representation. (Memes, History of the Fine Arts, p. 52.) —In the time of Pausanias, there was still shown, at Olympia, the building in which this statue of Jupiter was made, and the posterity of Phidias had the charge of keeping the image free from whatever might sully its beauty, and were, on this account, styled patópvyTai. (Pausan., 5, 14, 5.)—We have already remarked that, according to the best critics, this statue was executed subsequently to that in the Parthenon, and not, as the common accounts have it, before this. It was on his return to Athens, after completing the Olympian Jove, that Phidias became involved in the difficulty, which many erroneously suppose to have preceded his visit to Elis. According to Plutarch, his friendship and influence with Pericles exposed the artist to envy, and procured him many enemies, who, wishing, through him, to try what judgment the people might pass upon Pericles himself, persuaded Menon, one of his workmen, to place himself as a suppliant in the forum, and to entreat the protection of the state while he lodged an information against Phidias. The people granting his request, Menon charged the artist with having embezzled a portion of the forty talents of gold with which he had been furnished for the decoration of the statue in the Parthenon. The allegation, however, was disproved in the most satisfactory manner; for Phidias, by the advice of Pericles, had put on the golden decorations in such a way that they could be easily removed without injury to the statue. They were accordingly taken off, and, at the order of Pericles, weighed by the accusers; and the result established the perfect innocence of the artist. His enemies, however, were not to be daunted by this defeat, and a new charge was, in consequence, soon prepared against him. It was alleged that, in his representation of the battle of the Amazons upon the shield of Minerva, he had introduced his own effigy, as a bald old man taking up a large stone with both hands, and a highlyfinished picture of Pericles contending with an Amazon. This was regarded as an act of impiety, and Phidias was cast into prison, to await his trial for the offence; but he died in confinement before his cause could be heard. (Plut., Wit. Pericl.—Muller, de Wit. Phid., p. 33, seqq.—Schömann, de Comit., p. 219.Platner, der Process, und die Klagen, vol. 1, p. 353.) —The numerous works of Phidias belong to three distinct classes: Toreutic, or statues of mixed materials, ivory being the chief; statues of bronze; and sculptures in marble. In this enumeration are included only capital performances; for exercises in wood, plaster, clay, and minute labours in carving, are recorded to have occasionally occupied his attention.—Of the first class of works we have already mentioned the two most remarkable ones, the statues of Minerva and Jupiter. Among his works in bronze may be enumerated the following: 1. The celebrated statue of Minerva Promachus, to which we have alluded in a previous article. (Wid. Parthenon.)—2. A statue of Minerva, placed, like the previous one, in the Athenian Acropolis, and highly praised by Pliny (34, 8, 19). Lucian prefers it to every other work of the artist's. (Imag., 4.)—3. Another statue of Minerva, removed to Rome in B.C. 168, and placed by Paulus AEmilius in the temple of Fortune. (Plin., l.c.)—4. Thirteen brazen statues, dedicated at Delphi, by the Athenians, out of the spoils taken at Marathon. (Pausan, 10, 30, 1.)—The following were among the productions of Phidias in marble. 1. A statue of Venus Urania, placed in a temple dedicated to this goddess, not far from the Ceramicus at Athens. It was of Farian marble. (Pausan., 1, 24, 8)—2. Another statue of Venus, of exquisite beauty, which was in the collection of Octavia at Rome. (Plin., 36, 5, 4.)—3. A statue of Mercury, placed in the vicinity of "..." (Pau

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