), of Aegina, a celebrated statuary in bronze, who flourished about Ol. 76, B. C. 475, and made one of the horses and one of the charioteers, in the group which was dedicated at Olympia by Phormis, the contemporary of Gelon and Hieron; the other horse and charioteer were made by DIONYSIUS of Argos (Paus. 5.27.1
). Pliny states that he made a dog and an archer in bronze. (H. N.
34.8. s. 19.33.)
He is also mentioned by Diogenes Laertius (2.123).
To these passages should probably be added two others, in which the name of Simon is concealed by erroneous readings. Clemens Alexandrinus (Protrept.
p. 31, Sylburg) mentions, on the authority of Polemon, a statue of Dionysus Morychus, at Athens, made of the soft stone called φελλείτης
, as the work of Sicon, the son of Eupalamus ;
and the same statue is ascribed by Zenobius (5.13) to Simmias, the son of Eupalamus.
We know nothing either of Sicon or of Simmias; but in the former passage nothing can be simpler than the correction of Σίκωνος
, and in the latter it is obvious how easily the two names may have been confounded, each beginning with the syllable Σιμ
, says especially if, as is frequently the case in old MSS., that syllable only was written as an abbreviation for Σίμωνος
These corrections are supported by the authority of Müller (Aegin. 104
) and Thiersch (Epochen,
p. 127), and no sound critic will hesitate to prefer them to Sillig's method of correcting the passage of Clement from that of Zenobius, and reading Σιμμίον
Thiersch supposes Simon, the son of Eupalamus, to have lived at an earlier period than Simon of Aegina, and to have been one of the Attic Daedalids.
This is possible, but by no means necessary ; for although the manner in which the statue of Dionysus is mentioned, and the significant name Eapalamus
concur to place Simon with the so-called Daedalian,
or archaic period of art, yet that period comes down so far as to include the age immediately before that of Pheidias, and Onatas, the contemporary of Simon of Aegina, is expressly mentioned as belonging to it. [DAEDALUS. ONATAS.]