Chapter 3 examines the intensity with which commemorative disputes over the Persian War were pursued through the example of Delphi, where several states propounded different and often contrary assertions about the war. The spatial relationships between these monuments show clear signs of commemorative dialogue and competition. Yates examines two such dialogues: one about participation that emerged around the Serpent Column, and another about hegemony that can be seen at the base of the Sacred Way near the Marathon statue group. The stakes in these disputes could be quite high. Claims to the Persian War were advertised with sumptuous and expensive monuments. Those who failed to persuade could face political isolation or even invasion.
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