（*Kalli/maxos), an artist of uncertain country, who is said to have invented the Corinthian column. (Vitr. 4.1.10.) As Scopas built a temple of Athene at Tegea with Corinthian columns in B. C. 396, Callimachus must have lived before that time. Pausanias (1.26.7) calls him the inventor of the art of boring marble (tou\s li/qous trw=tos e)tru/phse), which Thiersch (Epoch. Anm. p. 60) thinks is to be understood of a mere perfection of that art, which could not have been entirely unknown to so late a period.
By these inventions as well as by his other productions, Callimachus stood in good reputation with his contemporaries, although he did not belong to the first-rate artists.
He was so anxious to give his works tilt last touch of perfection, by elaborating the details with too much care, that he lost the grand and sublime. Dionysius therefore compares him and Calamis to the orator Lysias (th=s lepto/thtos e(/neka kai\ th=s xa/ritos), whilst he draws a parallel between Poly