480 BC – Phidias was born.
– Phidias designed the temple of the goddess Athena on the Athenian Acropolis and the colossal seated Statue of Zeus at Olympia in the 5th century BC.
447 BC – The Athenian works were apparently commissioned by Pericles. Pericles used the money from the maritime League of Delos to pay Phidias for his work.
– Hegias of Athens, Ageladas of Argos, and the Thasian painter Polygnotus, have all been regarded as his teachers.
– One is Agoracritus who is also known for his sculpture of Nemesis at Rhamnus.
430 BC – According to Plutarch he was made an object of attack by the political enemies of Pericles, and died in prison at Athens.