Âronze statuette of a discus-thrower, from Athens. 1st cent. B.C.
A young athlete taking part in the discus is depicted. This event, along with wrestling, was one of the heavy events of the pentathlon. He is in the stage of the final throw. This snapshot was perpetuated in the original bronze work of Myron, preserved in the Roman marble copy Lancelotti in the Museo Nazionale in Rome. Myron’s discus thrower, who stood on the Athenian Acropolis before the middle of the 5th cent. B.C., exerted catalytic influence on later artists who copied or reworked its type.