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Pierre-Jean David (David d'Angers)

Philopoemen, 1837

marble sculpture, 90 inches (229 cm.) high

Louvre Museum, Paris

Philopoemen dismounted and pursued the Spartans on foot through the rough and rocky country. A thonged javelin, thrown with tremendous force, pierced through both of his legs. Philopoemen could not pull the javelin through because of the thong fastening, so he struggled and strained so violently that he broke the javelin in two.
- Plutarch: Lives          

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Pierre Jean David d'Angers: Philopoemen

Photograph by John Malyon