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Statue of Smilis on the facade of the New Hermitage Building in St Petersburg, Russia

Smilis (Ancient Greek: Σμῖλις) was a legendary ancient Greek sculptor, the contemporary of Daedalus, whose name[1] was associated with the archaic cult figure of Hera at Samos.[2] Smilis was born in the island of Aegina.[3]


  1. ^ Smilis signifies "chisel", Andrew Stewart observes in One Hundred Greek Sculptors, Their Careers and Extant Works: "Contemporaries of Daidalos and the Daidalidai".
  2. ^ Pausanias. Description of Greece, 7.4.4.; Clement of Alexandria. Protrepticus,4.47.2.
  3. ^ Επίτομο Γεωγραφικό Λεξικό της Ελλάδος (Geographical Dictionary of Greece), Μιχαήλ Σταματελάτος, Φωτεινή Βάμβα-Σταματελάτου, εκδ. Ερμής, ΑΘήνα 2001

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