The Aetolians and Delphi
The 3rd c. b.C. is the century of the Aetolian influence over Delphi: The Aetolian League, a coalition of Tribes and Cities of Central Greece, dominates the fate and policies of the Sanctuary, and protects Delphi (who, in return, supports the League).
Among the most important Aetolian offerings to the Sanctuary are the “Ex Voto of the Aetolians” (also called Ex voto of Daochos) celebrating their victory against Acarnania and dating from the 3rd c. b.C. It is a long marble base where stood nine statues, eight of which represented members of Daochos’ family and one a god, probably Apollo. Daochos II, son of Agias, a politician from Pharsalus and supporter of Macedonia, was a hieromnemon at the delphic sanctuary from 336 to 332 B.C. He dedicated the ex voto as a sign of honour to his prominent family.
The “Stoa of the Aetolians” (279 b.C.), a portico of 72.60 metres (238.2 ft) in length and 11.60 metres (38.1 ft) in width, celebrating the victory of the League against the Galatians, and also the statue of “deified Aetolia”, to the W. of the Temple of Apollo.
The Soteria, athletic and musical competition games, commemorates this victory of the Aetolian League.