# Pythagoras (sculptor)

**Pythagoras of Samos**(Ancient Greek: polytonic|Πυθαγόρας, fl.5th century BC ) was a statuary from Samos whomPliny the Elder expressly distinguishes from the more renownedPythagoras from Samos, who was a mathematician.Citation

last = Smith

first = Philip

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contribution = Pythagoras (2)

editor-last = Smith

editor-first = William

title =Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

volume = 3

pages = 626

publisher =Little, Brown and Company

place = Boston

year = 1867

contribution-url = http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/2959.html ] Pliny does however say that the sculptor bore a remarkable personal likeness to the mathematician. [] There is no precise indication of his date. Philip Smith accepted the opinion ofPliny the Elder , "l.c." § 5Karl Julius Sillig (1801—1855) that Pliny's date ofOlympiad 87 (c.428 BC ) ought to be referred to this artist rather than to a different Pythagoras, fromRhegium ; other writers consider it possible he lived closer to the beginning of the5th century BC .cite book

last = Gardner

first = Ernest Arthur

authorlink = Ernest Arthur Gardner

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title = A Handbook of Greek Sculpture

publisher =Macmillan Publishers

date = 1896

location = London

pages = 154, 200, 203, 244-248

url = http://books.google.com/books?id=8nMPAAAAYAAJ

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isbn = ] Modern writers consider it certain these two were the same artist, and that this Pythagoras was one of the Samian exiles who moved toZankle at the beginning of the5th century BC and came under the power of thetyrant Anaxilas inRhegium . [] While a Samian by birth, he was a pupil ofHerodotus , 6.23-5Clearchus of Rhegium .Pythagoras was at first a painter, but eventually turned to sculpture, apparently focusing on portraits of athletic champions from Hellenized cities in

Italy andSicily . Despite his contemporary eminence in his field, it is difficult to estimate his skill and attainments, as no certain copy of his works is known to exist. Pliny reports that Pythagoras' skill exceeded even that ofMyron , credits him with the innovation of sculpting athletes with visiblevein s, and calls him the first artist to aim for "rhythm and symmetry". In his "Natural History" he goes on to list several of Pythagoras' works, including a renowned pankratiast atDelphi . [] He was celebrated as the maker of seven naked statues (which some theorize to have been part of a work on thePliny the Elder . "Natural History", 34-59.Seven Against Thebes ), and one of an old man, which, in Pliny's time, stood near the temple ofFortuna , whichQuintus Lutatius Catulus had erected out of the spoils of theCimbri . (This is the meaning of Pliny's expression, "hujusce die".) Pausanias mentions a statuary of this name, [*Pausanias. "*] and lists several of his works, including a sculpture of the boxer Euthymos, without mentioning this artist's home town. The base of the statue has been found at Olympia however, on which Pythagoras signs himself as "the Samian".cite bookDescription of Greece ", 6.6.6.

last = Pollitt

first = Jerome Jordan

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title = The Art of Ancient Greece: Sources and Documents

publisher =Cambridge University Press

date = 1990

location = Cambridge

pages = 43-46

url = http://books.google.com/books?id=XoCNQwkNsLAC

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isbn = 0-521-27366-8]the name

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