|Dates||active about 200 - 100 B.C.|
Boethos worked as a bronze caster and silversmith in the second century B.C. As with many ancient sculptors, we know of his work primarily from passing references by Roman writers such as
The two similar herms, one signed and one unsigned, raise questions about the role of the artist and the organization of workshops in ancient Greece. In bronze casting, numerous versions of a work can be produced from the same mold, making the precise role of the artist signing the work unclear. Does the signature of Boethos mean that he created the original mold from which these two slightly different castings were made? Or does it mean that he was the artist who customized this mold with the more elaborate detailing found on the Mahdia herm?