the sculptor myron was a legend in his own time (5th century, b.c.) renowned for his mastery of both anatomy and action. whereas most sculptors of the classical period portrayed athletes at rest, myron depicted his discus thrower coiled in the midst of his hurling motion. discus was incorporated in the olympics in the 18th olympiad in 708 b.c. the bronze original of this 5th century b.c. work is now lost. a marble copy in the vatican museum served as a model for jasmine hill’s discobolus.

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