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Thessaly and Macedon at Delphi

Aston, E. (2013) Thessaly and Macedon at Delphi. Electrum: journal of ancient history, 19. pp. 41-60. ISSN 2084-3909

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To link to this article DOI: 10.4467/20843909EL.12.002.0743

Abstract/Summary

The Daochos Monument at Delphi has received some scholarly attention from an art-historical and archaeological perspective; this article, however, examines it rather as a reflection of contemporary Thessalian history and discourse, an aspect which has been almost entirely neglected. Through its visual imagery and its inscriptions, the monument adopts and adapts long-standing Thessalian themes of governance and identity, and achieves a delicate balance with Macedonian concerns to forge a symbolic rapprochement between powers and cultures in the Greek north. Its dedicator, Daochos, emerges as far more than just the puppet of Philip II of Macedon. This hostile and largely Demosthenic characterisation, which remains influential even in modern historiography, is far from adequate in allowing for an understanding of the relationship between Thessalian and Macedonian motivations at this time, or of the importance of Delphi as the pan-Hellenic setting of their interaction. Looking closely at the Daochos Monument instead allows for a rare glimpse into the Thessalian perspective in all its complexity.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Classics
ID Code:29612
Uncontrolled Keywords:Daochos, Philip II of Macedon, the Daochos Monument, Delphi, Thessaly
Publisher:Department of Ancient History at the Jagiellonian University

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