Myrmecides
(94 words)

[German version]

(Μυρμηκίδης; Myrmēkídēs). Sculptor in marble and toreutics. His creative period is not known, it probably lay in the 6th cent. BC. Mostly named in conjunction with Callicrates [2], he had a legendary reputation for producing microscopically small works in marble, iron and ivory. There are descriptions of a quadriga small enough to fit under the wings of a fly, a ship the size of a bee and a sesame seed enscripted with Homeric verses.

Bibliography

Overbeck, No. 293, 2168, 2192-2201 

P. Mingazzini, s.v. M., EAA 5, 1963, 313-314.

Cite this page
Neudecker, Richard (Rome), “Myrmecides”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e814330>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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