IN “PARION STUDIES III, Propontis and Surrounding Cultures”
Famous Sculptures by Classical Greek Masters in Parion and the Troad
by Dora Katsonopoulou
In the Classical period, Parion and the Troad were embellished with great artistic works by renowned Greek sculptors. The first of these masterpieces made for the city of Parion was the bronze statue of Herakles, a work of the sculptor He(a)gesias, in the early 5th century BC. In the following 4th century BC, new celebrated sculptures were set up in Parion: a marble statue of Eros by the famous Athenian sculptor Praxiteles and another bronze statue representing the Trojan prince Paris, most probably the one created by Euphranor
from the Isthmos, a work praised by Pliny. In the same era, another celebrated Greek sculptor, Skopas of Paros, made a statue of Apollo with a mouse (Apollo Smintheus) for the sanctuary of the god at Chryse, later known as Alexandria Troas, in the Troad. In the paper, these works a) are presented and discussed on the basis of the
available literary and archaeological evidence and b) their historical background and possible association with the mythical past and history of the region are considered.