'Do you mean the discus-thrower,' said I, "the one bent over in the position of the throw, with his head turned back toward the hand that holds the discus, with one leg slightly bent, looking as if he would spring up all at once with the cast?' 'Not that one,' said he, 'for that is one of Myron's works, the discus-thrower you speak of.' Lucian, Philopseudes (The Lover of Lies) According to the original Greek text of Lucian of Samosata the athlete looks towards the "discophoros" which is interpreted as his hand , whereas surprisingly one student in his PhD thesis about the ancient discus game considered the discophoros a woman who handed him the discus.


Discobolos (or discobolus, Discus Thrower), c. 450 BC. Marble Roman copy original bronze sculpture by Myron of Eleutherai. Terme Museum, Rome. Specialists consider this statue as a solution of the Zeno Paradox in providing a single pose of a movement without freezing the motion. For the Discobolos Pliny the Elder in contrast to the Doryphoros is more critical.

Myron is the first sculptor who appears to have enlarged the scope of realism, having more rhythms [rhythmos] in his art than Polycleitus and being more careful in his proportions [symmetria]. Yet he himself so far as surface configuration goes attained great finish, but he does not seem to have given expression to the feelings of the mind, and moreover he has not treated the hair and the pubes with any more accuracy than had been achieved by the rude work of olden days. Pliny the Elder


An example of another copy of the Discobolos but in contrast to the original the athlete does not look at the Discus.

Work of Myron, a statues of the athlete Timanthes, victorious at Olympia in 456 BC, and of Lycinus, victorious in 448 and 444. Pliny mentions a cow, Ladas the runner, who fell dead at the moment of victory, and the Discobolos and according to Pausanias Marsyas picking up the flutes which Athena had thrown away.


Discobolos Stamp from Paraguay (from Latein Education Highway, Austria),

See : More Stamps of the Discobolos

1000 Drachmae with the Discobolos, before the replacement by the Euro

A 2 € (Euro) commemorative coin
for the 2004 Olympic Games held
in Athens.


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