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The Discobolus

Ian Jenkins

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British Museum Press
01 April 2012
History of art: ancient & classical art; Sculpture; History; European history; Classical history & classical civilisation
The Discobolus or discus-thrower is a marvellous classical piece of sculpture that over time has come to mean different things to different people. Originally cast in bronze by the fifth-century BC sculptor Myron, the composition portraying an athlete preparing to throw his discus captures a moment of action perfectly: the tensed body looks as if it is merely pausing and about to burst into life at any moment. An enduring pattern of energy, Myron's statue of harmonious proportions is a fantastic representation of the athletic ideal and an embodiment of the male Greek body beautiful. Sadly, the original statue has long been lost; however, it was so admired by the Romans that numerous marble copies were made. This book tells the story of Myron's Discobolus both as an archaeological artefact and bearer of meaning. Focusing on the Townley Discobolus, the Roman marble copy excavated from Hadrian's Villa in Lazio, Italy, this illustrated introduction explores the history and significance of the statue - in both classical and modern times - in light of ancient discus throwing, Myron's other works, and the artistic, intellectual and philosophical context of the Greek world.
By:   Ian Jenkins
Imprint:   British Museum Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 7mm
Weight:   170g
ISBN:   9780714122717
ISBN 10:   0714122718
Series:   Objects in Focus
Pages:   64
Publication Date:   01 April 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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