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Serpent column of Delphi, Greece

Serpent column of Delphi, Greece

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DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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The bronze Serpent Column of Delphi, dedicated to the god Apollo, is almost all that remains of the Tripod of Plataea which commemorated a victory won against great odds, the final battle of the Greco-Persian War. In his Histories, Herodotus wrote that in 479 B.C.E., at the end of the Battle of Plataea, "when all the treasure had been collected, they reserved a tenth of it for the god of Delphi, a tenth for the god of Olympia, and a tenth for the god of the Isthmus. From the first tenth was dedicated a golden tripod which sits on the bronze three-headed serpent very close to the altar." The column was relocated to Constantinople by the Emperor Constantine in 324 and the column now in Delphi is a bronze replica, installed in 2015. Delphi is located in upper central Greece and includes the Sanctuary of Apollo, the site of the ancient Delphi.

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