|"Kairos" (opportunity, time,
The original bronze allegoric statue made by Lysippos stood at his home,
in the Agora of Hellenistic Sikyon.
Epigram of Posidippos, on the statue of Kairos by Lysippos:
Who and whence was the sculptor? From Sikyon.
And his name? Lysippos.
And who are you? Time who subdues all things.
Why do you stand on tip-toe? I am ever running.
And why you have a pair of wings on your feet? I fly with the wind.
And why do you hold a razor in your right hand? As a sign to men that I
am sharper than any sharp edge.
And why does your hair hang over your face? For him who meets me to take
me by the forelock.
And why, in Heaven's name, is the back of your head bald? Because none
whom I have once raced by on my winged feet will now, though he wishes
it sore, take hold of me from behind.
Why did the artist fashion you? For your sake, stranger, and he set me
up in the porch as a lesson.
|Bas-relief of "Kairos".
This representation of the allegoric statue made by Lysippos, is from
Museum of Torino, Italy.
This bas-relief of "Kairos" was
once at the Palazzo Medici in Florence, but now has been lost.
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