Boëthus (Greek: Βόηθος) was a Greek sculptor of the Hellenistic age. His life dates cannot be accurately fixed, but he probably flourished in the 2nd century BCE.[1] One source gives his birthplace as Chalcedon.[2]

Roman copy of Boethus' sculpture of a boy playing with a goose.

He was noted for his representations of children, especially for a group representing a boy struggling with a goose, of which several copies survive in museums.[3] Other works represent a girl playing with dice, and a boy extracting a thorn.[2] According to Pliny,[2] he also worked with silver.[4] Because Boethus was a common name in ancient Greece, specific details of his life are difficult to ascertain.[1]


  1. ^ a b Chilvers, Ian (1988). The Oxford dictionary of art. Oxford University Press. p. 85. ISBN 0-19-860476-9.
  2. ^ a b c Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Boëthus" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  3. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Boethus". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 116.
  4. ^ Wherry, Albinia Lucy Cust (1989). Greek sculpture with story and song. J.M.Dent &Co. p. 282. Boethus greek sculpture.