Roman emperor Nero and Delphi
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus

Roman Emperor Nero visited Delphi in 63 AD. He came to participate in a parody of the Pythian Games, the most celebrated games in Antiquity after the Olympic Games.

Of course, he gained all prices! He was the only victor of all athletic and poetic contests.

He, as other Roman officials before him, stole a number of delphic artifacts, donations to Apollo, and carried them over to Rome. He also gave the sacred land of Delphi to the veterans of his troops.

Priests had an idea that turned out to be a bad one: They saluted him as “a justified Orestes and Alcmeon”, the two Greek Heroes that had actually killed their own mother [as was the case for Nero, also…]. But the Emperor got mad, slaughtered the priests and sealed the prophetic pit of the Oracle.

You can view in the last area room of the Delphi Museum exhibition the “frieze of the theater”, showing the deeds of Hercules. This work of art, donated to Nero, depicts the Greek Hero’s Labours, that were mostly alligned to the Emperor’s personal preferences.


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