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The votive offering of Daochos

The votive offering of Daochos is one of the most important private offerings to the sanctuary. It was constructed at the northwest of the temple of Apollo on an oblong stone base, along with other offerings of cities and of private individuals. The person who made the offering was Daochos II, originated from Pharsala, tetrarch of Thessaly and hieromnemon during the years 339-334 b.C. It is just because of this connection with the sanctuary that he dedicated the votive offering in 337 b.C., wishing to honor several members of his family who had won in the games. Daochos was a friend of Philippus II, the king of Macedonia who influenced greatly the area in this period of time.

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It is suggested that the monument was created by the famous sculptor Lysippus or one of his students. It consists of nine statues of marble standing on a unique base. Thanks to the inscriptions on the base which mention the names and achievements of the figures presented, it has been possible to identify the monument. A statue of Apollo stood at the right end of the base, followed by six statues presenting Daochos’ famous ancestors.

The monument is in excellent condition with six sculptures surviving, along with the oblong base. The complex is now housed in the Delphi Museum.
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