|Summary:||Athelete binding his hair with a taenia (fillet)|
|Sculptor:||Literary attestation to Polykleitos|
|Sculpture Type:||Free-standing statue|
|Original or Copy:||Original (lost)|
|Date:||ca. 430 BC - ca. 420 BC|
Subject Description: Pliny described this figure as "a supple youth," named the "Diadoumenos," literally, man binding his head. He notes that it was famous for having cost 100 talents. Statues thought to copy this statue show a youthful athlete, in a Polykleitan stance (with his weight shifted over his right leg, like the
Form & Style:
This statue probably dated late among Polykleitos' works
Lucian praises the statue for its beauty.
The statue is usually dated ca. 420, later in Polykleitos' oeuvre, on the basis of the hairstyle. Ridgway notes that this is a tenuous indicator of chronology, as hairstyles may have been altered by copyists, strictly from whose work the style of the original is known.
Sources Used: B.S. Ridgway in
AJA 74 (1970) 21 ff.; MarbWPr 1967, 27 ff., 1958, 1 f.;