Ageladas

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Ageladas (Gr. Ἀγελάδας) or Hagelaidas,[1] was a celebrated Argive sculptor, who flourished in the latter part of the 6th and the early part of the 5th century BC.[2]

Ageladas' fame is enhanced by his having been the instructor of the three great masters, Phidias,[3][4][5] Myron, and Polykleitos.[6] The determination of the period when Ageladas flourished has given rise to a great deal of discussion, owing to the apparently contradictory statements in the writers who mention the name. Pausanias tells us that Ageladas cast a statue of Cleosthenes (who gained a victory in the chariot-race in the 66th Olympiad) with the chariot, horses, and charioteer, which was set up at Olympia.[7] There were also at Olympia statues by him of Timasitheus of Delphi and Anochus of Tarentum. Timasitheus was put to death by the Athenians, for his participation in the attempt of Isagoras in Olympiad lxviii. 2 (507 BC); and Anochus (as we learn from Eusebius) was a victor in the games of the 65th Olympiad. So far everything is clear; and if we suppose Ageladas to have been born about 540 BC, he may very well have been the instructor of Phidias. On the other hand Pliny says that Ageladas, with Polykleitos, Phradmon, and Myron, flourished in the 87th Olympiad. This agrees with the statement of the scholiast on Aristophanes, that at Melite there was a statue of Heracles (Ἡρακλῆς ἀλεξίκακος), the work of Ageladas the Argive, which was set up during the great pestilence (Olympiad lxxxvii. 3. 4).

To these authorities must be added a passage of Pausanias,[8] where he speaks of a statue of Zeus made by Ageladas for the Messenians of Naupactus. This must have been after the year 455 BC, when the Messenians were allowed by the Athenians to settle at Naupactus. In order to reconcile these conflicting statements, some suppose that Pliny's date is wrong, and that the statue of Heracles had been made by Ageladas long before it was set up at Melite. Others think that Pliny's date is correct, but that Ageladas did not make the statues of the Olympic victors mentioned by Pausanias until many years after their victories; which in the case of three persons, the dates of whose victories are so nearly the same, would be a very extraordinary coincidence.

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