Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Michael Scott


The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi have been referred to as the "omphalos"--the "center" or "navel"--of the traditional international for greater than a thousand years. members, urban leaders, and kings got here from everywhere in the Mediterranean and past to refer to Delphi's oracular priestess; to establish monuments to the gods; and to participate in competitions.

In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the historical past and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological proof surrounding the positioning, to its upward push as a middle of worship, to the consistent charm of the oracle regardless of her cryptic prophecies. He describes how Delphi turned a contested sacred website for Greeks and Romans and a storehouse for the treasures of rival city-states and international kings. He additionally examines the eventual decline of the positioning and the way its which means and significance have endured to be reshaped.

A distinct window into the guts of the traditional global, Delphi will entice normal readers, travelers, scholars, and specialists.

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