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Omphalos Apollo , Roman copy of a statue probably from Kalamis, around 480 to 460 BC Chr.

Kalamis was a Greek sculptor . His work around 470 to 440 BC BC denotes the heyday of the graceful, graceful style of the older, strict art before the great epoch of Phidias .

Research sought to resolve the chronological contradictions by adopting several sculptors of the same name with varying assignments of the traditional works. Since no work has been identified with sufficient certainty, Kalamis remains an unknown quantity.

Ancient writers ascribe numerous works to him: Pausanias saw a statue of Aphrodite , called Sosandra , on the Acropolis of Athens , which Lucian listed among the most excellent statues of women; furthermore an Apollo in the Kerameikos .

In Tanagra in Boeotia , also according to the information provided by Pausanias, there was a Hermes carrying a ram, a Dionysus made of Parian marble and a Triton .

Pindar had dedicated a cult image of Zeus Ammon in Thebes ; a wingless Nike donated the Mantineier to Olympia which, praying boy in bronze Agrigentum also to Olympia.

Kalamis made two racehorses with boys on them for the Olympics on behalf of Hieron .

After Delphi, the Spartans consecrated a Hermione . An Alcmene is praised by Pliny . The same also mentions a marble Apollo in the Servian Gardens in Rome , as well as a bronze colossal statue of Apollo, which Marcus Terentius Varro Lucullus 72 BC. BC from Apollonia stole Pontike and erected it on the Capitol in Rome .

Kalamis was also famous as a chaser in silver.


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  1. Pliny, Naturalis historia 34, 71.
  2. Pliny, Naturalis historia 34, 39.