The Delphi museum is another one not to be missed, however it is missing proper air conditioning, perhaps to allow you to experience ancient atmosphere in Delphi! Let’s start with the remarkable bronze statue of a charioteer, and yes there were chariot races in the upper stadium at Delphi. Clearly enough, this is Greek style charioteer, as the Romans didn’t wear a long toga to ride around in.
Quintus Flaminius was an exceptional Roman general who even defeated Philip of Macedon in a battle at Corinth, and proclaimed the independence of Greek city states from Macedonia rule. He was honored here at Delphi and elsewhere in Greece, and so the identification of this bust as that of that ‘melancholy Roman’ is probably correct…..
Of direct importance to the study of the NT is the decree of the Emperor Claudius which mentions Gallio as the proconsul in Corinth, which, for instance, helps us to date Paul’s visit there to A.D. 51-52 or thereabouts.
There are some important bronze and silver objects in the museum, including this enormous bronze shield, which must weigh about 50 lbs. and is the size of a monster truck tire. Who could fight while holding that up? Only a person of enormous strength….
In honoring the gods, many people gave their very best, which leads to the question– do we give our best to God, or only the leftovers?
There is much more in this hot little museum, which is worth going to see.