Agoracritus was a Parian and Athenian sculptor of the age of Phidias, and said to have been his favourite pupil.

Reconstruction of the frieze at the base of the statue of Nemesis, left Tyndareus with the Dioscuri, right Agamemon, Menelaus and Pyrrhus. Two of the central figures are Helen and Nemesis.

His most noted work was the statue at Rhamnus of Nemesis, by some attributed to Phidias himself. Of this statue part of the head is in the British Museum; some fragments of the reliefs which adorned the pedestal are in the museum at Athens.

Agoracritus produced a version of Cybele that became the standard one. It showed her still seated on a throne but now more decorous and matronly, her hand resting on the neck of a perfectly still lion and the other holding the circular frame drum, like a tambourine, (tymbalon or tympanon), which evokes the full moon and is covered with the hide of the sacred lunar bull.

This article incorporates text from the public domain 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.

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