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Agoracritus, Parian sculptor

Agoracritus, Parian sculptor, active c. 440–400 bce. A pupil of Phidias, he made a bronze Athena Itonia and Zeus/Hades for Coronea in Boeotia, a marble Mother of the Gods for the Metroon in the Athenian agora (see athens, topography), and a colossal marble Nemesis for Rhamnus. Pausanias (1. 33. 3), who erroneously attributes the Nemesis to Phidias, describes it in detail, and fragments in Rhamnus, Athens, and London have led both to the recognition of copies and to the partial reconstruction at Rhamnus (along with its base) of the original. Nemesis was standing, holding an apple-branch in one hand and a phiale in the other, and wearing a crown embellished with nikai and deer. The base showed Leda presenting the goddess's daughter, Helen, to her in the presence of Tyndareos and his children. Forecasting Helen's abduction and the Trojans' eventual punishment, this scene may also have hinted at Sparta's responsibility for both the Trojan and the Peloponnesian War.


A. F. Stewart, Greek Sculpture (1990), 165, 269 ff., figs. 403 ff..Find this resource:

    K. Shapiro Lapatin, Hesperia: Journal of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 1992, 107 ff; The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture, q.v.

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