This name occurs twice on painted vases; in the first instance, on a cylixshaped vase, of the best style of the art, found at Vulci, with the inscription ΠϜΘΟΝ ΕΠΟΙΕΣΕΝ
, and with the name of Epictetus as the painter ; in the other case, on a Lucanian vase, of the period of the decline of the art, with the inscription ΠΥΘΩΝ ΕΓΡΑΦΕ.
On comparing these vases, and the inscriptions on them, although there are examples of the same person being both a maker and painter of vases, it can hardly be doubted that, in this case, the artists were two different persons, at different periods, and probably living in different parts of Italy. (R. Rochette, Lettre à M. Schorn,
pp. 58, 59, 2d ed.)