Pheidias (c. 0500 -0440) Pheidias, son. of Charmides, universally regarded as the greatest of Greek sculptors, was born at Athens. We have varying accounts of his training. Hegias of Athens, Ageladas of Argos, and the Thasian painter Polygnotus, have all been regarded as his teachers. Of his life we know little apart from his works. And actually, we have almost none of his works, which may be why he still stands as the epitome of sculptural virtue.