Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 in the Miami Open final, to claim his 3rd title in Miami, 1st in 11 years (since 2006), 26th masters 1000 crown, and 91st career title. He completes the Indian Wells-Miami ‘Sunshine Double’ for the 3rd time in his career, and improves a 19-1 win loss record to win his 3rd title of the 2017 season.

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Q: Have you seen your kids and if not, what are you going to say to them?

RF: The boys will be sleeping and probably they don’t quite understand what’s going on - they’ll be happy to see the trophy, because they’re like “what is this thing doing here at home?!”. The girls I saw them, I had them on Facetime or Skype whatever you call it, and they were so happy, I hope they’re still awake, otherwise I’ll wake them and I’ll give them a big hug. Bu they said “we can do some good soup in this one [laughs], so that was cute.” [x]

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Serpent Column of Delphi

Delphi, Greece

478 BC

8 m.

The Serpent Column, also known as the Serpentine Column, Plataean Tripod or Delphi Tripod, is an ancient bronze column. It is part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, originally in Delphi and relocated to Constantinople by Constantine I the Great in 324. It was built to commemorate the Greeks who fought and defeated the Persian Empire at the Battle of Plataea (479 BC). The serpent heads of the 8-metre high column remained intact until the end of the 17th century.

Together with its original golden tripod and bowl (both long missing), it constituted a trophy, or offering, dedicated to Apollo at Delphi. This offering was made in the spring of 478 BC, several months after the defeat of the Persian army in the Battle of Plataea (August 479 BC) by those Greek city-states in alliance against the Persian invasion of mainland Greece.

Pictured are two reconstruction proposals and pictures of the actual column.