Boethus (bōēˈthəs) [key], fl. 1st half of 2d cent. B.C., Greek sculptor of genre subjects and worker in silver. He was born in Chalcedon and seems to have worked mainly at Rhodes. In the writings of Pliny and Pausanias he is mentioned as having made a bronze figure of a boy struggling with a goose and a statue of a seated boy. The figure of a boy with a goose in the Louvre may be one of many marble copies of this work. Based on circumstantial evidence, Pliny and Pausanias also attribute to Boethus a bronze representing Agon, god of contests, as a winged boy (Tunis), which was found in the remains of a ship of the 1st cent. B.C. wrecked off Tunis.
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