E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Venus of Cnidus.
The undraped statue of Praxiteles (4 syl.) purchased by the ancient Cnidians, who refused to part with it, although Nicomeds, King of Bithynia, offered to pay off their national debt as a price for it. The statue was subsequently removed to Constantinople, and perished in the great fire during the reign of Justinian, (A.D. 80.)
P&rgrave;axiteles made also a draped statue of the same goddess, called the Venus of Cos.