Boxer at Rest

Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker provide a description, historical perspective, and analysis of Apollonius’s, Boxer at Rest.

Apollonius, Boxer at Rest, c. 100 BCE, bronze, Hellenistic Period (Palazzo Massimo, Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome).

The statue is sitting on a mound of dirt, clearly just exposed. There is excavation work surrounding the discovery site.

Figure 1. The Boxer excavated

This Greek bronze was found in 1885, buried, possibly purposefully, on the Quirinal, one of the seven hills of Rome. It has been suggested that this sculpture may represent the Olympic champion, Theogenes.