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[The most celebrated master of the toreutic art (q.v.) among the ancients (Pliny, N.H. xxxiii 154). As some of his works were destroyed at the burning of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, in B.C. 356, obviously he lived before that event, and probably flourished in the best period of Greek art, though he is never mentioned by any earlier Greek writer than Lucian (Lexiphanes, 7). He worked mainly in silver. The orator Crassus paid 100,000 sesterces (£1,000) for two cups chased by his hand; but, from regard to their value, refrained from using them. Varro possessed a statue wrought by him in bronze; and one Diodorus at Lilybaeum, two fine cups in the style of those adorned with figures of animals by Thericles, the Corinthian potter (Cic., Verr. iv 38). Martial (iii 41) mentions a cup with a life-like representation of a lizard, and often refers to him (iv 39, viii 61, ix 59, xiv 93; cp. Juvenal viii 104). Propertius alludes to him (i 14, 2), and supplies us with the only extant criticism of his style, implying that, while the work of Mys (q.v.) was remarkable for its minute execution, that of Mentor was famous for its composition and its general design (iii 7, 11).
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