Roman Bronze Copy of Discobolus
source: Wikimedia Commons
A photograph of a bronze Roman statue is pasted onto a grey background. The nude Greek man is depicted in the motion of throwing a discus, winding back just before the launch.
Artifact: 2nd century AD
This Roman bronze statue is a 2nd century AD copy of a Greek original thought to have been crafted in the 5th century BC. The athlete here is throwing a discus. The discus toss was one of the five events in the pentathlon, a five-fold event featured in the ancient Olympic Games and other Panhellenic festivals.
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