By Mattusch Carol C.
The prominence of the Temple of Hephaistos, Greek god of metalworkers, positioned on a hill to the west of the Agora, displays the esteem during which bronzeworkers have been held via the Athenians. even supposing a few of the gadgets those craftsmen produced have now been melted down, the statues, lamps, and vessels that stay testify to the excessive criteria in their craftsmanship. in addition to illustrating a few of the surviving complete items, the writer discusses the thoughts used to solid bronze and the extent of ability concerned about generating advanced steel statuary.
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There is plentiful evidence for small-scale bronzeworking activity throughout the region in the 4th, Sth, and 6th centuries. 6 1 , Mold for a nail from a workshop of the 4th century after Christ. The bronze nail beside it is typical of the hardware and tools produced in late Agora workshops with the plentiful supply ofbronze from ancient statuary. 62. Lightweight clay molds for flesh and drapery of a life-size statue. Molds for bronze bowls were found in the same workshop, locatedjust to the south of the later Church ofthe Holy Apostles.
T w o sets of grooves on this head show that it was stripped on two occasions. , under the Athenian general Lachares, who became tyrant and used the gold to pay his troops. C. when Athens and Macedon were at war with one another. 57. Bronze Nike, about two-thirds life-size. The deep groove along the hairline was used to attach gold plate. Ca. C. 28 58. ). The tyrant Lachares was routed and fled Athens in 294 B . c . , thanks to the intervention of Demetrios Poliorketes of Macedon, who had already been added to the list of Eponymous Heroes in 307 B .
Courtesy of Antikenmuseum Staatliche Museen, Berlin, F 2294 2 . Photograph by A. Frantz 3. IC Iz, 370-371 (Epigraphical Museum) 4. Photograph by C. C. Mattusch 5 . 42 6. B 497. B 492, B 495 7. B 1082 8. B 1056, B 146, B 728, B 1058,I3 1055 9. B 1200 10. B232 1 1 . B 5o5a 12. B831 13. B 1046 14. B 168,B913 I S . B363 16. B 579 17. Courtesy of National Archaeological Museum, Athens, 7022. Photograph by C . C. Mattusch 19. B 1284 20. B I 3 3 21. B239 2 2 . Courtesy of National Archaeological Museum, Athens, 1906 23.