Discus thrower

The 'Diskoboulos' or 'Discus thrower' is a famous bronze statue of the fifth-century sculptor Myron. The statue itself it not preserved, but known through several Roman copies.

Before the fifth century BC, athletes were always depicted resting. This innovating statue, however, suggests movement. The athlete has swung his discus backwards and now has a minimal pause in the action, before he throws the discus away with a powerful swing. As opposed to the exertion of the body, the expression of the face is very peaceful.

The marble statue on the picture is a Roman copy. The head of the copy is turned in the wrong direction. It should be turned towards the discus.

© KU Leuven, 2012