The Pugilist (1st century B.C.), signed by Apollonius - The national Museum, Rome   
A. Santini and G. Ruggeri from ISAC Statue, Italy
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The Pugilist

G. Ruggeri

Bonded Cararra Marble

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There is a hypothesis, which in many respects seems valid, that originally the statue was not that of a single athlete but the dominant figure in a group of three. In that case, the statue was a representation of Amycus, king of the Bebryces, who as a pugilist has been in a bout with the divine Pollux, a superb boxer.

The Pugilist close-up
The two figures to whom Amycus has raised his head would have been The Dioscuri: Pollux and his twin brother Castor. The bronze statue was signed by Apollonius. So many similarities between the figure and that of the famous Belvedere Torso in The Vatican Museum have been noted that many believe that both statues were done by the same sculptor.

The Pugilist - Three views