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The victors at Delphi were presented with a laurel crown (stephanos) which was ceremonially cut from a tree by a boy who re-enacted the slaying of the Python.

The name Pythia remained as the title of the Delphic oracle.Excavation at Delphi, which was a post-Mycenaean settlement of the late 9th century, has uncovered artifacts increasing steadily in volume beginning with the last quarter of the 8th century BC.Pottery and bronze as well as tripod dedications continue in a steady stream, in contrast to Olympia.To atone the murder of Gaia's son, Apollo was forced to fly and spend eight years in menial service before he could return forgiven.A festival, the Septeria, was held every year, at which the whole story was represented: the slaying of the serpent, and the flight, atonement, and return of the god.

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