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Ctesilochus (fl. 4th century BCE) was a painter of ancient Greece. He was the pupil and perhaps brother of the much more renowned painter Apelles.

Ctesilochus was known primarily by a ludicrous, parodical picture representing the birth of Bacchus.[1][2] This stood out even to the ancients as a somewhat unusual choice of subject.[3]


  1. ^ Pliny the Elder, Natural History 35.40.33
  2. ^ Suda, s. v. Ἀπελλῆς
  3. ^ Trendall, A. Dale (1934). "A Volute Krater at Taranto". The Journal of Hellenic Studies. The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. 54 (2): 175–179. JSTOR 626859.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainUrlichs, Ludwig (1870). "Ctesilochus". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 900.