This paper shows the process by which the statue-group of Daochos in Delphi was reconstructed and discusses its position within the immediate area of its installation.
6 x 9
Delphi in ancient times was unique among the cities of Greece, a religious capital where poleis from the entire Greek-speaking world dedicated treasure, buildings, and artwork to curry favor with the god Apollo and to show off their polis's glory to visitors from all over the known world. This article examines one such monument, the surviving base and fragments of a group of statues dedicated by Daochos. This paper presents the procedure for identifying and arranging such fragmentary works of art and is useful as an aid to understanding the reconstruction not only of this particular monument, but many others like it in Delphi and elsewhere. Likewise, the structure of this statue arrangement speaks to the larger environment of Delphi in the Classical and Hellenistic periods and the sorts of people who dedicated such expensive works of art not for their poleis, but for their families.