Skopas of Paros

Skopas of Paros

Skopas of Paros

Skopas of Paros

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Since the discovery of the Tegea fragments, so many discussions of Skopas' style and oeuvre have appeared that another might be thought superfluous; yet, as Morgan showed almost forty years ago, 'the difficulties remain, however rarely they are mentioned' (Studies presented to Edward Capps [1936], 253), and much modern scholarship has proved his point by either ignoring them, or pressing them to extremes to justify extreme conclusions. Furthermore, as will become apparent in the discussion of the Tegea sculptures, the easy availability of stock descriptive epithets has tended to inhibit analysis and interpretation of a deeper kind, with the result that work on Skopas has lagged behind that on other fourth-century sculptors. I hope that this study will fill at least some of the lacunae, although it is only to be expected that in the long run the problems, like the heads of the Hydra, win only be sprouting up in even greater profusion than before.

Dunedin, New Zealand Andrew Stewart November, 1976 . . .

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