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The Serpent ColumnA Cultural Biography$
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Paul Stephenson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190209063

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190209063.001.0001

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(p.67) 3 Delphi
The Serpent Column

Paul Stephenson

Oxford University Press

Begins with a look at Archaic Greek bronze-working, notably developments in Lakonian bronze sculpture. Considers the role of votives, notably tripods and their zoo- and anthropomorphic attachments, in engaging Apollo. Studies the role of Pausanias, Spartan general and archegos of the Greeks, in creating and dedicating the Plataian tripod. Places this in the context of other dedications following the Battles of Salamis and Plataia. Briefly sketches the Plataian tripod’s history through seven centuries at Delphi. It concludes with indications that this monument to the Greek victory at Plataia, like those to other victories of the Persian wars and those who fell in them, remained features of a ritual landscape cultivated by Greeks and appropriated by Romans.

Keywords:   bronze, sculpture, Lakonia, Apollo, Pausanias, dedications, votives, Salamis, Plataia, Delphi

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