Of about the same date, it would seem, or not much
later, must have been a lost bronze statue, whose fame
is attested by the existence of several marble copies.
The best of these was found in 1862, in the course of
excavating the great theater on the southern slope of
the Athenian Acropolis. The naming of this figure is
doubtful. It has been commonly taken for Apollo, while
another view sees in it a pugilist. Recently the
suggestion has been thrown out that it is Heracles. Be
that as it may, the figure is a fine example of youthful
strength and beauty. In pose it shows a decided advance
Strangford Apollo. The left leg is still slightly
advanced, and both feet were planted flat on the ground;
but more than half the weight of the body is thrown upon
the right leg, with the result of giving a slight curve
to the trunk, and the head is turned to one side. The
upper part of the body is very powerful, the shoulders
broad and held well back, the chest prominently
developed. The face, in spite of its injuries, is one of
singular refinement and sweetness. The long hair is
arranged in two braids, as in Fig. 96, the only
difference being that here the braids pass over instead
of under the fringe of front hair. The rendering of the
hair is in a freer style than in the case just cited,
but of this difference a part may be chargeable to the
copyist. Altogether we see here the stamp of an artistic
manner very different from that of Critius and Nesiotes.
Possibly, as some have conjectured, it is the manner of
Calamis, an Attic sculptor of this period, whose
eminence at any rate entitles him to a passing mention.
But even the Attic origin of this statue is in dispute.