), a surname of Apollo, derived from the town of Amyclae in Laconia, where he had a celebrated sanctuary. His colossal statue there is estimated by Pausanias (3.19.2
) at thirty cubits in height.
It appears to have been very ancient, for with the exception of the head, hands, and feet, the whole resembled more a brazen pillar than a statue.
This figure of the god wore a helmet, and in his hands he held a spear and a bow.
The women of Amyclae made every year a new χιτὼν
for the god, and the place where they made it was also called the Chiton. (Paus. 3.16.2
The sanctuary of Apollo contained the throne of Amyclae, a work of Bathycles of Magnesia, which Pausanias saw. (3.18.6, &c.; comp. Welcker, Zeitschrift für Gesch. der alt. Kunst.
1.2, p. 280, &c.)