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Strabo, Geography (ed. H.C. Hamilton, Esq., W. Falconer, M.A.), BOOK VIII., CHAPTER VI. (search)
uch esteem as the works of the
Corinthian artists in brass, but this desire to have them did
not continue, not only because the supply failed, but because
the greatest part of them were not well executed.The plastic art was invented at Sicyon by Dibutades; according to
others, at the island of Samos, by Rœcus and Theodorus. From Greece it
was carried into Etruria by Demaratus, who was accompanied by Eucheir
and Eugrammus, plastic artists, and by the painter Cleophantus of Corinth, B. C. 663. See b. v. c. ii. § 2.
The city of Corinth was large and opulent at all periods,
and produced a great number of statesmen and artists. For
here in particular, and at Sicyon, flourished painting, and
modelling, and every art of this kind.
The soil was not very fertile; its surface was uneven and
rugged, whence all writers describe Corinth as full of brows
of hills, and apply the proverb,
Corinth rises with brows of hills, and sinks into hollows.
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