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Pyro'machus

1. We have already noticed the Athenian sculptor, who executed the bas-reliefs on the frieze of the temple of Athena Polias, about Ol. 91, B. C. 415, and the true form of whose name was Phyromachus. [PHYROMACHUS.] This artist is evidently the same whom Pliny mentions, in his list of statuaries, as the maker of a group representing Alcibiades driving a four-horse chariot. (Pyromachi quadriga regitur ab Alcibiade, Plin. Nat. 34.8. s. 19.20: the reading of all the MSS. is Pyromaci, a fact easily accounted for by a natural confusion between this artist and the other Pyromachus, who is mentioned twice in the same section). Hence we see that this Phyromachus was an Athenian artist of the age immediately succeeding that of Pheidias, and that he was highly distinguished both as a sculptor in marble, and as a statuary in bronze.

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