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Rhoecus, and Theodoms. (Comp. xxxiv. 8. s. 19. § 22, where the common reading places the labyrinth at Samos; but this is easily corrected by a change in the punctuation, proposed by Miiller in his Aeginetica, p. 99, and adopted by Sillig, in his edition of Pliny ; namely, Tlwodorus, qui labyrin-ilium fecit, Sami ipse ex aere fudit: it is, however, just as likely that the mistake is Pliny's own, or, that it was made by a copyist ; see below). Another architectural work, ascribed to Theodoms, was the old Scias at Sparta, as we learn from the same passage in which Pausanias mentions him as the inventor of casting in iron (iii. 12. § 8. s. 10). He is also connected with the erection of the celebrated temple of Artemis at Ephesus by an interesting tradition, recorded by Diogenes Laertius (ii. 103), that Theodoras advised the laying down of charcoal-cinders beneath the foundation of the temple, as a remedy against the dampness of the site: here he is called a Samian, and the son of Rhoecus.
Lastly, the names of Theodoms and Telecles are connected with the history of the ancient wooden statues in a very curious manner. Diodorus (i. 98), in relating the various claims set up by the Egyptians to be considered the instructors of the Greeks in philosophy, science, and art, tells us that they asserted that the most celebrated of the ancient statuaries, Telecles and Theodoms, the sons of Rhoecus, lived a long time in Egypt; and that they told the following story respecting the wooden statue (£oavoj>) of the Pythian Apollo, which those artists made for the Samians. Of this statue, Telecles made the one half in Samos, while the other half was made by his brother Theodorus at Ephesus ; and, when the two parts were placed together, they agreed as exactly as if the whole body had been made by one person ; a result which the Egyptians ascribed to the fact, that their rules of art had been learnt by Telecles and Theodorus. With this tradition we may connect one preserved by Pliny, that Theodorus of Samos was the inventor of certain tools used in working wood, namely, the norma, libella, tornus, and clavis. (Plin. H. N.\'\\. 56. s. 57.)
Now, in considering the conclusions which are to be drawn from all this evidence, it is as well first to exclude the assertion of Thiersch, that there were two artists of the name of Telecles, which rests on no other ground than the necessity of lengthening out the genealogy in order to suit the too early date which he has assumed for Rhoecus. He makes Rhoecus, with his sons Telecles and Theodorus, flourish at the beginning of the Olympiads, and then, nearly two centuries later, he comes to another Telecles, with his son Theodorus, the artist who lived in the time of Polycrates.
The real questions to be determined are these, Were Theodorus, the son of Rhoecus, and Theodorus, the son of Telecles, different persons, or the same ? If the former, was the one Theodorus, namely, the son of Rhoecus, the same as Theodorus, the brother of Telecles, and was this Telecles the same as the father of the other Theodorus ? If these questions be answered in the affirmative, little difficulty remains in adopting the genealogy of Miiller, as given under rhoecus.
If the first of these questions can be satisfactorily answered, the others are easily disposed of. And here, in the first place, the above testimonies can
hardly be explained on any other supposition than that there existed distinct traditions respecting two different Samian artists of the name of Theodorus, the one the son of Rhoecus and the brother of Telecles, and the other the son of Telecles. For the former, we have the passages in Diogenes and Diodorus ; for the latter, one passage of Herodotus and two of Pausanias ; and besides these, there is one passage of Herodotus, one of Plato, one of Pausanias, one of Vitruvius, and four of Pliny, in which Theodorus is mentioned, without his father's name, but, in nearly every instance, as a Samian, and as closely connected with Rhoecus. Of course, the well-known facts, of the alternate succession of names, and the hereditary transmission of art, in Grecian families, must not be left out of the consideration. On the other hand, if we suppose only one Theodorus, we must assume that Diogenes has made one decided mistake, and Diodorus two, namely, in making Telecles and Theodorus sons of Rhoecus; or else we must have recourse to the still more arbitrary and improbable supposition, that this one and only Theodorus was the son of Telecles, and the grandson of Rhoecus. The conclusion adopted by Mr. Grote (History of Greece, vol. iv. p. 132), that there was only one Theodorus, namely, the son of Rhoecus, is the least probable of all, as it compels us to reject the positive statements, which make him the son of Telecles, and therefore, " the positive evidence does not enable us to verify" his theory, as he remarks of the genealogies of Miiller and Thiersch. A positive argument for distinguishing the two Theodori has been derived from a comparison of the passage in which Pausanias speaks of the bronze statue of Night, ascribed to Rhoecus, as being of the rudest workmanship (x. 38. § 3. s. 6), with that in which Herodotus describes the crater made by Theodorus as a work of no common order (i. 51). Surely, it is argued, there could not be so great a difference in the works of the father and the son, and much less can it be accounted for, if we suppose Rhoecus and Theodorus to have been strictly contemporary. There is perhaps some force in this argument, but it can hardly be considered decisive.
It may also be observed that, in none of the passages, in which the architectural works of Theodoras are referred to, is he called the son of Telecles, while, on the other hand, the names of Rhoecus and Theodorus are closely associated in these works ; facts which suggest the hypothesis that, while the elder Theodorus followed chiefly the architectural branch of his father's profession, the younger devoted himself to the development of the art of working in metal. Miiller has attempted also to draw a positive conclusion respecting the dates of these artists from the buildings on which they are said to have been engaged. The Heraeum at Samos is referred to by Herodotus in such a way as to imply, not only that it was one of the most ancient of the great temples then existing, but also that it had been, at least in part, erected before the 37th Olympiad; and hence Miiller places Rhoecus about 01. 35, which agrees very well with the time at which his supposed grandson Theodorus flourished, namely, in the reigns of Croesus and Polycrates. This also agrees with the story told by Diogenes of the connection of the first Theodorus, the son of Rhoecus, with the laying of the foundation of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, which was probably commenced about