A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

and PAPIAS, sculptors, of Aphrodisium in Cyprus, made the two statues of centaurs in dark grey marble which were found at Hadrian's villa at Tivoli in 1746, and are now in the Capitoline museum. They bear the inscription ΑΡΙΣΤΕΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΠΙΑΣ ΑΦΡΟΔΙΣΙΕΙΣ. From the style of the statues, which is good, and from the place where they were discovered, Winckelmann supposes that they were made in the reign of Hadrian. Other statues of centaurs have been discovered, very much like those of Aristeas and Papias, but of better workminanship, from which some writers have inferred that the latter are only copies. The two centaurs are fully described by Winckelmann (Werke, 6.282, with Meyer's note; 7.247), and figured by Cavaceppi (Raccolta di Statue, i. tav. 27, 28) and Foggini (Mus. Capit. tav. 13, 14.)