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The Serpent Column

Crafted from the melted-down weapons of defeated Persians in about 479 BCE, the Serpent Column is an ancient Greek war monument and offering to Apollo. It served as part of a sacrificial tripod at Delphi before being moved to the Hippodrome of Constantinople in the 4th century CE. Over the past 2,500 years, the artifact has been frequently referenced in literature and depicted in art. Today just a twisted column, it originally depicted three intertwined snakes. What happened to their heads? More...
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“Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
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The Serpent Column is one of three remaining monuments of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. It now stands halfway between the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Masonry Obelisk, revealing the location of spina of the Hippodrome which was once extensively decorated with monuments and sculpture. It was probably brought to the Hippodrome during the reign of Constantine (306-337 AD), though it is possible it was moved to its current location at a later date in the Byzantine era.

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And of course, someone had to ruin it.

Well, it wouldn't have survived today's generation, who are intent on destroying everything in their path.
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The Serpent Column is one of three remaining monuments of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. It now stands halfway between the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Masonry Obelisk, revealing the location of spina of the Hippodrome which was once extensively decorated with monuments and sculpture. It was probably brought to the Hippodrome during the reign of Constantine (306-337 AD), though it is possible it was moved to its current location at a later date in the Byzantine era.

The Serpent Column was originally part of a victory tripod, which was dedicated to the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi by the Greeks after their victory over the Persians in the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC. This bronze monument consists of three snakes twisting around each other to form the column shaft. Originally three heads branched out from the top of the intertwined snakes of the column, but they were all knocked off by 1700. The headless and neckless column now has a height of 3.53 meters. Although several unreliable legends blaming various individuals such as Sultan Mehmet II or a drunken Polish ambassador, the circumstances in which the column lost its heads are unknown. The upper jaw of one heads - now at the Istanbul Archaeological Museums - was discovered in 1848 and its wide, flat head probably acted as a support for the golden tripod. The precise appearance of this tripod, though, is debated. The tripod or its bowl could have rested on the heads of the snake. Originally the heads had bronze tongues between their open jaws and their hollow eyes once had glass inlay.


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