Statue-bases for Perseus Used by Aemilius
The most striking illustration of the mutability and
The columns constructed at Delphi for statues of Perseus used by Aemilius. Autumn of B. C. 167. Livy, 45, 27.
capriciousness of Fortune is when a man, within
a brief period, turns out to have been preparing
for the use of his enemies the very things which
he imagined that he was elaborating in his own
honour. Thus Perseus was having some columns
made, which Lucius Aemilius, finding unfinished,
caused to be completed, and placed statues of himself on
them. . . .
He admired the situation of the city, and the excellent
position of the acropolis for commanding the
districts on both sides of the Isthmus.
Having been long anxious to see Olympia,
he set out thither.
Aemilius entered the sacred enclosure at Olympia, and
was struck with admiration at the statue of the god, remarking that, to his mind, Pheidias was the only artist who had
represented the Zeus of Homer; and that, though he had had
great expectations of Olympia, he found the reality far surpassed them.