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Discus Thrower

Brass sculptre of discus thrower in front of the Panathinaic Stadium.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1924 It was created by sculptor Kostas Dimitriadis (1881-1943) and won the gold sculpting medal at the Olympic Games in Paris.

    1927 It was placed in Athens.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The Discus Thrower is a full-body, 2.20-metre-tall bronze sculpture. The figure’s nakedness and posture capture in great detail the moment an athlete throws his disc as well as the preparatory stages. The anatomical detail showing the athlete’s balance, transfer of the centre of gravity and arms strength prove the artist’s deep study of the discus.

What I can't see

Two more copies of the sculpture were made in Paris. The first is located at Randall’s Island Park in New York and the second at Dijon Stadium in France. It has greater significance as a symbol of the Olympics than as a sculpture, because the discus was a popular Olympic sport in antiquity and the sculpture is located opposite the Panathenaic Stadium.


  • Address: V. Konstantinou and Herodou Attikou St.


Antonopoulou Z., (2003), Τα γλυπτά της Αθήνας, Υπαίθρια Γλυπτική1834-2004 [The sculptures of Athens, Outdoor sculpting 1834-2004], Potamos


Glyptothiki, (d.u.), Δημητριάδης Κώστας, [Dimitriadis Kostas]

Last visit 7/9/2012