Jones 1990 the townley discobolus a graeco roman copy of a fifth century bc bronze statue was excavated at hadrians villa at tivoli near rome in 1791 and purchased by the dealer thomas jenkins the following year. The discobolus is a physically gorgeous young male athlete frozen in the pose of launching his disc although he is involved in a demanding situation his face and body are unusually relaxed and composed. A replica of the naucydes discobolus this type of representation is attested by several other roman copies agreed to be replicas of a bronze work now lost attributed to the greek sculptor naucydes of argos according to pliny the elder natural history xxxiv 80 naucydes made a statue representing a discus thrower. Roman versions of the discobolus adorned numerous villas as a symbol of the cultured taste and status of the owner one of the most famous is the palombara discobolus from rome now on display in the national museum of rome
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