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 by way of the Athenians. even supposing the various items 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 number of the surviving comprehensive items, the writer discusses the recommendations used to solid bronze and the extent of ability desirous about generating complicated 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.
This material provides an idea o f h o w bronze statues were made and testifies to their importance in the life of the city. Such evidence helps us to envision that time when the public monuments and buildings of Athens were still standing, and when the Agora was crowded with the statues which Pausanias saw on his walk through the city in the 2nd century after Christ. 6s. C. who was both founder and head of the New Academy. ” 32 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Unless otherwise specified, all objects and illustrations are from the Agora Excavations.
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. Photograph by A. Frantz 24. Drawing by J. Travlos 25. s74I 26. Drawing by W. B. Dinsmoor, Jr. 27. B I 153. Drawing by A. Camp 28. B 1249 29. Drawing of S 741 by J. Travlos 30. Modern casts of S 741 and S 797 31. Drawing by W. B. Dinsmoor, Jr. I. 32-34. Photographs ofthe Nicci Brothers Foundry in Rome by A.