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date: 15 December 2019



5th century, male.

Active at the end of the 5th century BC.


Ancient Greek, Classical Period.

Alcamenes was probably the son of an Athenian cleruch (a colonist who retained Athenian citizenship) living in Lemnos. A follower of his contemporary Phidias, he worked chiefly in Athens and was a representative of the Attic School. Doubt surrounds the dating of his work. According to Pausanias, he executed the west pediment of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia (c. 460 BC). Another written source attributes to him a statue of Thrasybulus at the Heracleion in Thebes (in 403 BC). Such longevity seems unlikely, and a number of scholars have posited the existence of an Elder and a Younger Alcamenes. More simply, it is probable that Alcamenes' name remained linked with the west pediment at Olympia at the time of later repairs (c. 421 BC ?). The most reliable dating comes from a reference to a ...

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