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

(Δόντας), a Lacedaemonian statuary, was the disciple of Dipoenus and Scyllis, and therefore flourished about B. C. 550. He made the statues which were afterwards placed in the treasury of the Megarians at Olympia. They were of cedar inlaid with gold, and formed a group representing the contest of Heracles with the river Acheloüs, and containing figures of Zeus, Deianeira, Acheloüs, and Heracles, with Ares assisting Acheloüs, and Athena supporting Heracles. The latter statue seems, however, not to have been part of the original group, but a separate work by Medon. (Comp. Paus. 5.17. 1.) The group in the pediment of the Megarian treasury, representing the war of the gods and the giants, seems also to have been the work of Dontas; but the passage in Pausanias is not quite clear. (Paus. 6.19.9; Böckh, Corp. Inscrip. i. p. 47, &c.)