1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Pasiteles

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PASITELES, the most important member of the Neo-Attic school of sculpture in the time of Julius Caesar. At that period there was at Rome a demand for copies of, or variations on, noted works of Greek sculpture: the demand was met by the workshops of Pasiteles and his pupils Stephanus and Menelaus and others, several of whose statues are extant. In working from early Dorian models they introduced refinements of their own, with the result that they produced beautiful, but somewhat vapid and academic types. Pasiteles is said by Pliny (Nat. Hist. xxxvi. 39) to have been a native of Magna Graecia, and to have been granted the Roman citizenship.