RENEWAL OF ATTACKS ON PERICLES.--CHARGES AGAINST PHEIDIAS, ASPASIA, AND ANAXAGORAS.
ACCORDING to Philochorus, as quoted by the Scholiast on Aristophanes in the passage already referred to, it was after having been exposed to a charge in respect of the Athenian statue, that Pheidias went to Elis and there worked upon the colossal chryselephantine statue of Olympian Zeus; that he retired as condemned and exiled is a statement on the same authority that as we have seen must be set aside. The next Olympic festival came round two summers after (Olym. 86=436-5 B.C.), and the work could not then have been fully completed, as a figure of Pantarces, a favourite of the sculptor, who conquered on this occasion in the wrestling of boys, was introduced by him in an accessory ornamental group, binding his head with the fillet of victory. There can be little doubt however that already, before the Athene of the Parthenon was completed, this still larger and still more elaborate work had been commenced, and to a certain extent advanced, under the aiding and able hands of coadjutors of whom two are named,--Panaenus, a relative of Pheidias, and who is also called by Strabo a 'fellow-contractor,' and the sculptor Colotes.
The dates of these works have an importance for political history, as the misfortunes of the sculptor are connected with difficulties of Pericles, and supply a certain chronological term