an artist in metal, was the maker of the celebrated iron helmet of Alexander
, which glittered like polished silver, and the neckchain of which was studded with precious stones. (Plut. Alex. 32.
) Plutarch does not expressly tell us that the helmet was chased, but it can hardly be supposed that its magnificence consisted only in its polish; and therefore we do not hesitate to place Theophilus among the most distinguished of the Grecian caelatores.
(Comp. Dict. of Antiq. s. v. Caelatura,
2d ed.; R. Rochette, Lettre à M. Schorn,
p. 418, 2d ed.)