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Delphi
Delphi
(/ˈdɛlfaɪ/ or /ˈdɛlfi/; Greek: Δελφοί [ðelˈfi])[1] is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi
Delphi
the navel (or centre) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos
Omphalos
of Delphi. It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognised by UNESCO
UNESCO
as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.

Contents

1 Origins and location 2 Religious significance 3 Oracle
Oracle
of Delphi 4 History

4.1 Ancient Delphi 4.2 Ottoman Delphi

5 Buildings and structures

5.1 Temple of Apollo 5.2 Amphictyonic Council 5.3 Treasuries 5.4 Altar of the Chians 5.5 Stoa
Stoa
of the Athenians 5.6 Sibyl
Sibyl
rock 5.7 Theatre 5.8 Tholos 5.9 Gymnasium 5.10 Stadium 5.11 Hippodrome 5.12 Polygonal wall 5.13 Castalian spring 5.14 Athletic statues

6 Architectural traditions 7 The Delphi
Delphi
Archaeological Museum 8 Excavations

8.1 5th Century Delphi

9 Depiction of Delphi
Delphi
in art 10 Delphi
Delphi
in literature 11 See also 12 Gallery 13 Notes 14 References 15 Further reading

15.1 5th century evidence

16 External links

16.1 General 16.2 Geology of Delphi

Origins and location[edit]

Delphi
Delphi
among the main Greek sanctuaries

Delphi
Delphi
is located in upper central Greece, on multiple plateaux along the slope of Mount Parnassus, and includes the Sanctuary
Sanctuary
of Apollo, the site of the ancient Oracle. This semicircular spur is known as Phaedriades, and overlooks the Pleistos Valley. In myths dating to the classical period of Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
(510-323 BC), Zeus
Zeus
determined the site of Delphi
Delphi
when he sought to find the centre of his "Grandmother Earth" (Gaia). He sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path of the eagles crossed over Delphi
Delphi
where the omphalos, or navel of Gaia was found.[2] Earlier myths [3] include traditions that Pythia, or the Delphic oracle, already was the site of an important oracle in the pre-classical Greek world (as early as 1400 BC) and, rededicated from about 800 BC, when it served as the major site during classical times for the worship of the god Apollo. Apollo
Apollo
was said to have slain Python, a "drako" a serpent or a dragon who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth.[4] "Python" (derived from the verb πύθω (pythō),[5] "to rot") is claimed by some to be the original name of the site in recognition of Python which Apollo
Apollo
defeated.[6] The Homeric Hymn to Delphic Apollo
Apollo
recalled that the ancient name of this site had been Krisa.[7] Others relate that it was named Pytho and that Pythia, the priestess serving as the oracle, was chosen from their ranks by a group of priestesses who officiated at the temple. 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. Neither the range of objects nor the presence of prestigious dedications proves that Delphi
Delphi
was a focus of attention for a wide range of worshippers, but the large quantity of valuable goods, found in no other mainland sanctuary, encourages that view. Apollo's sacred precinct in Delphi
Delphi
was a panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years, starting in 586 BC[8] athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four Panhellenic Games, precursors of the Modern Olympics. The victors at Delphi
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.[8] (These competitions are also called stephantic games, after the crown.) Delphi
Delphi
was set apart from the other games sites because it hosted the mousikos agon, musical competitions.[6] These Pythian Games
Pythian Games
rank second among the four stephanitic games chronologically and in importance.[8] These games, though, were different from the games at Olympia in that they were not of such vast importance to the city of Delphi
Delphi
as the games at Olympia were to the area surrounding Olympia. Delphi
Delphi
would have been a renowned city whether or not it hosted these games; it had other attractions that led to it being labeled the "omphalos" (navel) of the earth, in other words, the centre of the world.[9] In the inner hestia (hearth) of the Temple of Apollo, an eternal flame burned. After the battle of Plataea, the Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought new fire from the hearth of Greece, at Delphi; in the foundation stories of several Greek colonies, the founding colonists were first dedicated at Delphi.[10] Religious significance[edit]

Ruins of the ancient Temple of Apollo
Apollo
at Delphi, overlooking the valley of Phocis.

The name Delphoi comes from the same root as δελφύς delphys, "womb" and may indicate archaic veneration of Gaia at the site.[11][12] Apollo
Apollo
is connected with the site by his epithet Δελφίνιος Delphinios, "the Delphinian". The epithet is connected with dolphins (Greek δελφίς,-ῖνος) in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo
Apollo
(line 400), recounting the legend of how Apollo
Apollo
first came to Delphi
Delphi
in the shape of a dolphin, carrying Cretan priests on his back. The Homeric name of the oracle is Pytho (Πυθώ).[13] Another legend held that Apollo
Apollo
walked to Delphi
Delphi
from the north and stopped at Tempe, a city in Thessaly, to pick laurel (also known as bay tree) which he considered to be a sacred plant. In commemoration of this legend, the winners at the Pythian Games
Pythian Games
received a wreath of laurel picked in the Temple. Delphi
Delphi
became the site of a major temple to Phoebus Apollo, as well as the Pythian Games
Pythian Games
and the famous prehistoric oracle. Even in Roman times, hundreds of votive statues remained, described by Pliny the Younger and seen by Pausanias. Carved into the temple were three phrases: γνῶθι σεαυτόν (gnōthi seautón = "know thyself") and μηδέν άγαν (mēdén ágan = "nothing in excess"), and Ἑγγύα πάρα δ'ἄτη (engýa pára d'atē = "make a pledge and mischief is nigh"),[14] In antiquity, the origin of these phrases was attributed to one or more of the Seven Sages of Greece
Greece
by authors such as Plato[15] and Pausanias.[16] Additionally, according to Plutarch's essay on the meaning of the "E at Delphi"—the only literary source for the inscription—there was also inscribed at the temple a large letter E.[17] Among other things epsilon signifies the number 5. However, ancient as well as modern scholars have doubted the legitimacy of such inscriptions.[18] According to one pair of scholars, "The actual authorship of the three maxims set up on the Delphian temple may be left uncertain. Most likely they were popular proverbs, which tended later to be attributed to particular sages."[19] According to the Homeric-hymn to the Pythian Apollo, Apollo
Apollo
shot his first arrow as an infant which effectively slew the serpent Pytho, the son of Gaia, who guarded the spot. To atone the murder of Gaia's son, Apollo
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.[20] The Pythian Games
Pythian Games
took place every four years to commemorate Apollo's victory.[20] Another regular Delphi
Delphi
festival was the "Theophania" (Θεοφάνεια), an annual festival in spring celebrating the return of Apollo
Apollo
from his winter quarters in Hyperborea. The culmination of the festival was a display of an image of the gods, usually hidden in the sanctuary, to worshippers.[21] The "Theoxenia" was held each summer, centred on a feast for "gods and ambassadors from other states". Myths indicate that Apollo
Apollo
killed the chthonic serpent Python, Pythia
Pythia
in older myths, but according to some later accounts his wife, Pythia, who lived beside the Castalian Spring. Some sources say it is because Python had attempted to rape Leto
Leto
while she was pregnant with Apollo
Apollo
and Artemis. This spring flowed toward the temple but disappeared beneath, creating a cleft which emitted chemical vapors that caused the Oracle
Oracle
at Delphi to reveal her prophecies. Apollo
Apollo
killed Python but had to be punished for it, since she was a child of Gaia. The shrine dedicated to Apollo was originally dedicated to Gaia and shared with Poseidon.[20] The name Pythia
Pythia
remained as the title of the Delphic Oracle. Erwin Rohde
Erwin Rohde
wrote that the Python was an earth spirit, who was conquered by Apollo, and buried under the Omphalos, and that it is a case of one deity setting up a temple on the grave of another.[22] Another view holds that Apollo
Apollo
was a fairly recent addition to the Greek pantheon
Greek pantheon
coming originally from Lydia.[citation needed] The Etruscans
Etruscans
coming from northern Anatolia
Anatolia
also worshipped Apollo,[23] and it may be that he was originally identical with Mesopotamian Aplu, an Akkadian title meaning "son", originally given to the plague God Nergal, son of Enlil.[citation needed] Apollo
Apollo
Smintheus (Greek Απόλλων Σμινθεύς), the mouse killer[24] eliminates mice, a primary cause of disease, hence he promotes preventive medicine. Oracle
Oracle
of Delphi[edit]

Coin (obol) struck at Delphi, 480 BC. Obverse: Short tripod. Reverse: Pellet within circle (omphalos or phiale).

Main articles: Pythia
Pythia
and Delphic Sibyl Delphi
Delphi
is perhaps best known for its oracle, the Pythia, the sibyl or priestess at the sanctuary dedicated to Apollo. According to Aeschylus in the prologue of the Eumenides, the oracle had origins in prehistoric times and the worship of Gaea, a view echoed by H.W. Parke.[25] One tale of the sanctuary's discovery states that a goatherd, who grazed his flocks on Parnassus, one day observed his goats playing with great agility upon nearing a chasm in the rock; the goatherd noticing this held his head over the chasm causing the fumes to go to his brain; throwing him into a strange trance.[26] Apollo
Apollo
spoke through his oracle. She had to be an older woman of blameless life chosen from among the peasants of the area. Alone in an enclosed inner sanctum ( Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
adyton - "do not enter") she sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth (the "chasm"). According to legend, when Apollo
Apollo
slew Python its body fell into this fissure and fumes arose from its decomposing body. Intoxicated by the vapours, the sibyl would fall into a trance, allowing Apollo
Apollo
to possess her spirit. In this state she prophesied. The oracle could not be consulted during the winter months, for this was traditionally the time when Apollo would live among the Hyperboreans. Dionysus
Dionysus
would inhabit the temple during his absence.[27] The time to consult pythia for an oracle during the year is determined from astronomical and geological grounds related to the constellations of Lyra and Cygnus but the hydrocarbon vapours emitted from the chasm.[28] Similar practice was followed in other Apollo
Apollo
oracles too.[29] While in a trance the Pythia
Pythia
"raved" – probably a form of ecstatic speech – and her ravings were "translated" by the priests of the temple into elegant hexameters. It has been speculated that the ancient writers, including Plutarch
Plutarch
who had worked as a priest at Delphi, were correct in attributing the oracular effects to the sweet-smelling pneuma ( Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
for breath, wind or vapour) escaping from the chasm in the rock. That exhalation could have been high in the known anaesthetic and sweet-smelling ethylene or other hydrocarbons such as ethane known to produce violent trances. Though this theory remains debatable the authors put up a detailed answer to their critics.[30][31][32] Ancient sources describe the priestess using “laurel” to inspire her prophecies. Several alternative plant candidates have been suggested including Cannabis, Hyoscyamus, Rhododendron
Rhododendron
and Oleander. Harissis claims that a review of contemporary toxicological literature indicates that oleander causes symptoms similar to those shown by the Pythia, and his study of ancient texts shows that oleander was often included under the term “laurel”. The Pythia
Pythia
may have chewed oleander leaves and inhaled their smoke prior to her oracular pronouncements and sometimes dying from the toxicity. The toxic substances of oleander resulted in symptoms similar to those of epilepsy, the “sacred disease,” which may have been seen as the possession of the Pythia
Pythia
by the spirit of Apollo.[33]

Fresco of Delphic sibyl painted by Michaelangelo at the Sistine Chapel.

The Delphic Oracle
Oracle
exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world, and she was consulted before all major undertakings including wars and the founding of colonies.[34] She also was respected by the Greek-influenced countries around the periphery of the Greek world, such as Lydia, Caria, and even Egypt. The oracle was also known to the early Romans. Rome's seventh and last king, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, after witnessing a snake near his palace, sent a delegation including two of his sons to consult the oracle.[35] In 83 BC a Thracian tribe raided Delphi, burned the temple, plundered the sanctuary and stole the "unquenchable fire" from the altar. During the raid, part of the temple roof collapsed.[36] The same year, the Temple was severely damaged by an earthquake. Thus the Oracle
Oracle
fell in decay and the surrounding area became impoverished. The sparse local population led to difficulties in filling the posts required. The Oracle's credibility waned due to doubtful predictions. The oracle flourished again in the second century AD during the rule of emperor Hadrian, who is believed to have visited the oracle twice and offered complete autonomy to the city.[36] By the 4th century, Delphi
Delphi
had acquired the status of a city.[37] Constantine the Great looted several monuments, most notably the Tripod of Plataea, which he used to decorate his new capital, Constantinople.[citation needed] Despite the rise of Christianity across the Roman Empire, the oracle remained a religious centre throughout the 4th century, and the Pythian Games
Pythian Games
continued to be held at least until 424 AD;[37] however, the decline continued. The attempt of the emperor Julian to revive polytheism did not survive his reign.[36] Excavations have revealed a large three-aisled basilica in the city, as well as traces of a church building in the sanctuary's gymnasium.[37] The site was abandoned in the 6th or 7th centuries, although a single bishop of Delphi
Delphi
is attested in an episcopal list of the late 8th/early 9th centuries.[37] History[edit]

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Ancient Delphi[edit]

Speculative illustration of ancient Delphi
Delphi
by French architect Albert Tournaire.

Main article: Ancient Delphi Delphi
Delphi
was since ancient times a place of worship for Gaia, the mother goddess connected with fertility. The town started to gain pan-Hellenic relevance as both a shrine and an oracle in the 7th century BC. Initially under the control of Phocaean settlers based in nearby Kirra (currently Itea), Delphi
Delphi
was reclaimed by the Athenians during the First Sacred War (597–585 BC). The conflict resulted in the consolidation of the Amphictyonic League, which had both a military and a religious function revolving around the protection of the Temple of Apollo. This shrine was destroyed by fire in 548 BC and then fell under the control of the Alcmaeonids banned from Athens. In 449–448 BC, the Second Sacred War (fought in the wider context of the First Peloponnesian War
First Peloponnesian War
between the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta
Sparta
and the Delian-Attic League led by Athens) resulted in the Phocians gaining control of Delphi
Delphi
and the management of the Pythian Games. In 356 BC the Phocians under Philomelos captured and sacked Delphi, leading to the Third Sacred War
Third Sacred War
(356–346 BC), which ended with the defeat of the former and the rise of Macedon under the reign of Philip II. This led to the Fourth Sacred War (339 BC), which culminated in the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC)
Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC)
and the establishment of Macedonian rule over Greece. In Delphi, Macedonian rule was superseded by the Aetolians
Aetolians
in 279 BC, when a Gallic invasion was repelled, and by the Romans in 191 BC. The site was sacked by Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Sulla
in 86 BC, during the Mithridatic Wars, and by Nero
Nero
in 66 AD. Although subsequent Roman emperors of the Flavian dynasty
Flavian dynasty
contributed towards to the restoration of the site, it gradually lost importance. In the course of the 3rd century mystery cults became more popular than the traditional Greek pantheon. Christianity, which started as yet one more mystery cult, soon gained ground. The anti-pagan legislation of the Flavian dynasty
Flavian dynasty
deprived ancient sanctuaries of their assets. The emperor Julian attempted to reverse this religious climate, yet his "pagan revival" was particularly short-lived. When the doctor Oreibasius
Oreibasius
visited the oracle of Delphi, in order to question the fate of paganism,he received a pessimistic answer: Εἴπατε τῷ βασιλεῖ, χαμαὶ πέσε δαίδαλος αὐλά, οὐκέτι Φοῖβος ἔχει καλύβην, οὐ μάντιδα δάφνην, οὐ παγὰν λαλέουσαν, ἀπέσβετο καὶ λάλον ὕδωρ. [Tell the king that the flute has fallen to the ground. Phoebus does not have a home any more, neither an oracular laurel, nor a speaking fountain, because the talking water has dried out.] It was shut by Theodosius I
Theodosius I
in 381 AD.[38] Ottoman Delphi[edit] Main article: Ottoman Delphi Time and natural disasters added to the picture of desolation[clarification needed] of the once glorious place, and during the Ottoman period the village of Kastri was founded on the site. Buildings and structures[edit]

Site plan of the Sanctuary
Sanctuary
of Apollo, Delphi.

Occupation of the site at Delphi
Delphi
can be traced back to the Neolithic period with extensive occupation and use beginning in the Mycenaean period (1600–1100 BC). Most of the ruins that survive today date from the most intense period of activity at the site in the 6th century BC.[39] Temple of Apollo[edit] The ruins of the Temple of Delphi
Delphi
visible today date from the 4th century BC, and are of a peripteral Doric building. It was erected by Spintharus, Xenodoros, and Agathon on the remains of an earlier temple, dated to the 6th century BC which itself was erected on the site of a 7th-century BC construction attributed to the architects Trophonios and Agamedes.[40] The 6th-century BC temple was named the "Temple of Alcmonidae" in tribute to the Athenian family who funded its reconstruction following a fire, which had destroyed the original structure. The new building was a Doric hexastyle temple of 6 by 15 columns. This temple was destroyed in 375 BC by an earthquake. The pediment sculptures are a tribute to Praxias and Androsthenes of Athens. Of a similar proportion to the second temple it retained the 6 by 15 column pattern around the stylobate.[40] Inside was the adyton, the centre of the Delphic oracle and seat of Pythia. The temple had the statement "Know thyself", one of the Delphic maxims, carved into it (and some modern Greek writers say the rest were carved into it), and the maxims were attributed to Apollo
Apollo
and given through the oracle and/or the Seven Sages of Greece
Greece
("know thyself" perhaps also being attributed to other famous philosophers). The temple survived until AD 390, when the Roman emperor Theodosius I silenced the oracle by destroying the temple and most of the statues and works of art in the name of Christianity.[41] The site was completely destroyed by zealous Christians in an attempt to remove all traces of Paganism.[41] The ruins of this temple decay at a faster rate than some of the other ruins on the Southern slopes of the Parnassos mountain. This is mostly due to the use of limestone, a softer material, along with porous stone.[42] The first temple of Apollo
Apollo
was, according to the myth, made of daphne (laurel the sacred symbol of Apollo), the second temple of Apollo
Apollo
was made of bees wax and feathers (the remains of two structures dating from the 8th century BC could be associated with the first two temples), the third temple of Apollo
Apollo
was made out of bronze, the fourth temple of Apollo
Apollo
was constructed around the end of the 7th century BC and, according to Pausanias, ruined by fire in 548 BC, the fifth temple of Apollo
Apollo
(Alcmaeonid Temple) was constructed between 525-505 BC and ruined by fire or earthquake in 373 BC, the sixth temple of Apollo
Apollo
was finished in 320 BC and is the one visible today.[43] Amphictyonic Council[edit] The Amphictyonic Council was a council of representatives from six Greek tribes that controlled Delphi
Delphi
and also the quadrennial Pythian Games. They met biannually and came from Thessaly
Thessaly
and central Greece. Over time, the town of Delphi
Delphi
gained more control of itself and the council lost much of its influence. Treasuries[edit]

The reconstructed Treasury of Athens, built to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Marathon.

From the entrance of the site, continuing up the slope almost to the temple itself, are a large number of votive statues, and numerous so-called treasuries. These were built by many of the Greek city states to commemorate victories and to thank the oracle for her advice which was thought to have contributed to those victories. These buildings held the rich offerings made to Apollo; these were frequently a "tithe" or tenth of the spoils of a battle. The most impressive is the now-restored Athenian Treasury, built to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Marathon
Battle of Marathon
in 490 BC. The Siphnian Treasury
Siphnian Treasury
was dedicated by the city of Siphnos
Siphnos
whose citizens gave a tithe of the yield from their silver mines until the mines came to an abrupt end when the sea flooded the workings. One of the largest of the treasuries was that of Argos. Built in the late Doric period, the Argives took great pride in establishing their place amongst the other city states. Completed in 380 BC, the treasury draws inspiration mostly from the Temple of Hera located in the Argolis, the acropolis of the city. However, recent analysis of the Archaic elements of the treasury suggest that its founding preceded this. Other identifiable treasuries are those of the Sikyonians, the Boeotians and the Thebans. Altar of the Chians[edit] Located in front of the Temple of Apollo, the main altar of the sanctuary was paid for and built by the people of Chios. It is dated to the 5th century BC by the inscription on its cornice. Made entirely of black marble, except for the base and cornice, the altar would have made a striking impression. It was restored in 1920.[44] Stoa
Stoa
of the Athenians[edit] Main article: Stoa
Stoa
of the Athenians

View of the Athenian Treasury; the Stoa of the Athenians
Stoa of the Athenians
on the Right.

The stoa leads off north-east from the main sanctuary. It was built in the Ionic order
Ionic order
and consists of seven fluted columns, unusually carved from single pieces of stone (most columns were constructed from a series of discs joined together). The inscription on the stylobate indicates that it was built by the Athenians after their naval victory over the Persians in 478 BC, to house their war trophies. The stoa was attached to the existing Polygonal Wall.[45] Sibyl
Sibyl
rock[edit] The Sibyl
Sibyl
rock is a pulpit-like outcrop of rock between the Athenian Treasury and the Stoa of the Athenians
Stoa of the Athenians
upon the sacred way which leads up to the temple of Apollo
Apollo
in the archaeological area of Delphi. It is claimed to be where an ancient Sibyl
Sibyl
pre-dating the Pythia
Pythia
of Apollo sat to deliver her prophecies. Theatre[edit]

The theatre at Delphi
Delphi
(as viewed near the top seats).

The ancient theatre at Delphi
Delphi
was built further up the hill from the Temple of Apollo
Apollo
giving spectators a view of the entire sanctuary and the valley below.[46] It was originally built in the 4th century BC but was remodeled on several occasions, particularly in 160/159 B.C. at the expenses of king Eumenes II of Pergamon
Pergamon
and in 67 A.D. on the occasion of emperor Nero's visit.[47] The koilon (cavea) leans against the natural slope of the mountain whereas its eastern part overrides a little torrent which led the water of the fountain Cassotis right underneath the temple of Apollo. The orchestra was initially a full circle with a diameter measuring 7 meters. The rectangular scene building ended up in two arched openings, of which the foundations are preserved today. Access to the theatre was possible through the parodoi, i.e. the side corridors. On the support walls of the parodoi are engraved large numbers of manumission inscriptions recording fictitious sales of the slaves to the god. The koilon was divided horizontally in two zones via a corridor called diazoma. The lower zone had 27 rows of seats and the upper one only 8. Six radially arranged stairs divided the lower part of the koilon in seven tiers. The theatre could accommodate about 4,500 spectators.[48] On the occasion of Nero's visit to Greece
Greece
in 67 A.D. various alterations took place. The orchestra was paved and delimited by a parapet made of stone. The proscenium was replaced by a low pedestal, the pulpitum; its façade was decorated with scenes from Hercules' myth in relief. Further repairs and transformations took place in the 2nd century A.D. Pausanias mentions that these were carried out under the auspices of Herod Atticus. In antiquity, the theatre was used for the vocal and musical contests which formed part of the programme of the Pythian Games
Pythian Games
in the late Hellenistic and Roman period.[49] The theatre was abandoned when the sanctuary declined in Late Antiquity. After its excavation and initial restoration it hosted theatrical performances during the Delphic Festivals organized by A. Sikelianos and his wife, Eva Palmer, in 1927 and in 1930. It has recently been restored again as the serious landslides posed a grave threat for its stability for decades.[50][51] Tholos[edit]

The Tholos at the base of Mount Parnassus: 3 of 20 Doric columns.

Athena
Athena
Pronaia Sanctuary
Sanctuary
at Delphi.

Main article: Tholos of Delphi The Tholos at the sanctuary of Athena
Athena
Pronoia
Pronoia
(Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόνοια, " Athena
Athena
of forethought") is a circular building that was constructed between 380 and 360 BC. It consisted of 20 Doric columns arranged with an exterior diameter of 14.76 meters, with 10 Corinthian columns in the interior. The Tholos is located approximately a half a mile (800 m) from the main ruins at Delphi
Delphi
(at 38°28′49″N 22°30′28″E / 38.48016°N 22.50789°E / 38.48016; 22.50789). Three of the Doric columns have been restored, making it the most popular site at Delphi
Delphi
for tourists to take photographs. The architect of the "vaulted temple at Delphi" is named by Vitruvius, in De architectura
De architectura
Book VII, as Theodorus Phoceus (not Theodorus of Samos, whom Vitruvius
Vitruvius
names separately).[52] Gymnasium[edit] Main article: Gymnasium at Delphi

The gymnasium

The gymnasium, which is half a mile away from the main sanctuary, was a series of buildings used by the youth of Delphi. The building consisted of two levels: a stoa on the upper level providing open space, and a palaestra, pool and baths on lower floor. These pools and baths were said to have magical powers, and imparted the ability to communicate to Apollo
Apollo
himself.[44] Stadium[edit]

The mountain-top stadium at Delphi, far above the temples/theater below.

Main article: Stadium
Stadium
of Delphi The stadium is located further up the hill, beyond the via sacra and the theatre. It was originally built in the 5th century BC but was altered in later centuries. The last major remodelling took place in the 2nd century AD under the patronage of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
when the stone seating was built and (arched) entrance. It could seat 6500 spectators and the track was 177 metres long and 25.5 metres wide.[53] Hippodrome[edit] It was at the Pythian games that prominent political leaders, such as Cleisthenes, tyrant of Sikyon, and Hieron, tyrant of Syracuse, competed with their chariots. The hippodrome where these events took place was referred to by Pindar,[54] and this monument was sought by archaeologists for over two centuries. Its traces have recently been found at Gonia in the plain of Krisa
Krisa
in the place where the original stadium was sited.[55] Polygonal wall[edit]

Section of polygonal wall at Delphi, behind a pillar from the Athenian Stoa.

The retaining wall was built to support the terrace housing the construction of the second temple of Apollo
Apollo
in 548 BC. Its name is taken from the polygonal masonry of which it is constructed. At a later date, from 200 BC onwards, the stones were inscribed with the manumission contracts of slaves who were consecrated to Apollo. Approximately a thousand manumissions are recorded on the wall.[56] Castalian spring[edit] Main article: Castalian Spring The sacred spring of Delphi
Delphi
lies in the ravine of the Phaedriades. The preserved remains of two monumental fountains that received the water from the spring date to the Archaic period and the Roman, with the latter cut into the rock. Athletic statues[edit] Delphi
Delphi
is famous for its many preserved athletic statues. It is known that Olympia originally housed far more of these statues, but time brought ruin to many of them, leaving Delphi
Delphi
as the main site of athletic statues.[57] Kleobis and Biton, two brothers renowned for their strength, are modeled in two of the earliest known athletic statues at Delphi. The statues commemorate their feat of pulling their mother's cart several miles to the Sanctuary
Sanctuary
of Hera in the absence of oxen. The neighbors were most impressed and their mother asked Hera to grant them the greatest gift. When they entered Hera's temple, they fell into a slumber and never woke, dying at the height of their admiration, the perfect gift.[57] The Charioteer of Delphi
Charioteer of Delphi
is another ancient relic that has withstood the centuries. It is one of the best known statues from antiquity. The charioteer has lost many features, including his chariot and his left arm, but he stands as a tribute to athletic art of antiquity.[57] Architectural traditions[edit] Ancient tradition accounted for four temples that successively occupied the site before the 548/7 BC fire, following which the Alcmaeonids built a fifth. The poet Pindar
Pindar
celebrated the Alcmaeonid's temple in Pythian 7.8-9 and he also provided details of the third building (Paean 8. 65-75). Other details are given by Pausanias (10.5.9-13) and the Homeric Hymn to Apollo
Apollo
(294 ff.). The first temple was said to have been constructed out of olive branches from Tempe. The second was made by bees out of wax and wings but was miraculously carried off by a powerful wind and deposited among the Hyperboreans. The third, as described by Pindar, was created by the gods Hephaestus and Athena, but its architectural details included Siren-like figures or 'Enchantresses', whose baneful songs eventually provoked the Olympian gods to bury the temple in the earth (according to Pausanias, it was destroyed by earthquake and fire). In Pindar's words, addressed to the Muses:

Muses, what was its fashion, shown By the skill in all arts Of the hands of Hephaestus
Hephaestus
and Athena? Of bronze the walls, and of bronze Stood the pillars beneath, But of gold were six Enchantresses Who sang above the eagle. But the sons of Cronus Opened the earth with a thunderbolt And hid the holiest of all things made. Away from their children And wives, when they hung Their lives on the honey-hearted words.[58]

The fourth temple was said to have been constructed from stone by Trophonius and Agamedes.[59] The Delphi
Delphi
Archaeological Museum[edit]

Archaeological Museum of Delphi, designed by Alexandros Tombazis

The Delphi Archaeological Museum
Delphi Archaeological Museum
is at the foot of the main archaeological complex, on the east side of the village, and on the north side of the main road. The museum houses an impressive collection associated with ancient Delphi, including the earliest known notation of a melody, the famous Charioteer, golden treasures discovered beneath the Sacred Way, and fragments of reliefs from the Siphnian Treasury. Immediately adjacent to the exit (and overlooked by most tour guides) is the inscription that mentions the Roman proconsul Gallio. Entries to the museum and to the main complex are separate and chargeable, and a reduced rate ticket gets entry to both. There is a small cafe, and a post office by the museum. Excavations[edit] Main article: Excavations at Delphi The site had been occupied by the village of Kastri since medieval times. Before a systematic excavation of the site could be undertaken, the village had to be relocated but the residents resisted. The opportunity to relocate the village occurred when it was substantially damaged by an earthquake, with villagers offered a completely new village in exchange for the old site. In 1893 the French Archaeological School removed vast quantities of soil from numerous landslides to reveal both the major buildings and structures of the sanctuary of Apollo
Apollo
and of Athena
Athena
Pronoia
Pronoia
along with thousands of objects, inscriptions and sculptures.[44] The site is now an archaeological one, and a very popular tourist destination. It is easily accessible from Athens
Athens
as a day trip, and is often combined with the winter sports facilities available on Mount Parnassus, as well as the beaches and summer sports facilities of the nearby coast of Phocis. The site is also protected as a site of extraordinary natural beauty, and the views from it are also protected: no industrial artefacts are to be seen from Delphi
Delphi
other than roads and traditional architecture residences (for example high voltage power lines and the like are routed so as to be invisible from the area of the sanctuary). 5th Century Delphi[edit] During the Great Excavation were discovered architectural members from a 5th-century Christian basilica, when Delphi
Delphi
were a bishopric. Other important Late Roman buildings are the Eastern Baths, the house with the peristyle, the Roman Agora, the large cistern usw. At the outskirts of the city there were located late Roman cemeteries. To the Southeast of the precinct of Apollo
Apollo
lay the so-called Southeastern Mansion, a very large building with a 65 meters-long façade, spread over four levels, with four triclinia and private baths. Large storage jars kept the provisions, whereas other pottery vessels and luxury items were discovered in the rooms. Among the finds stands out a tiny leopard made of mother of pearl, possibly of Sassanian origin, on display in the ground floor gallery of the Delphi
Delphi
Archaeological Museum. The mansion dates to the beginning of the 5th century and functioned as a private house until 580, later however it was transformed into a potters' workshop.[60] It is only then, in the beginning of the 6th century, that the city seems to decline: its size is reduced and its trade contacts seem to be drastically diminished. Local pottery production is produced in large quantities:[61] it is coarser and made of reddish clay, aiming at satisfying the needs of the inhabitants. The Sacred Way remained the main street of the settlement, transformed, however, into a street with commercial and industrial use. Around the agora were built workshops as well as the only intra muros early Christian basilica. The domestic area spread mainly in the western part of the settlement. The houses were rather spacious and two large cisterns provided running water to them.[62] Depiction of Delphi
Delphi
in art[edit]

View of Delphi
Delphi
with Sacrificial Procession by Claude Lorrain.

From the 16th century onwards, West Europe developed an interest in Delphi. In the mid-15th century Strabo was first translated in Latin. The earliest depictions of Delphi
Delphi
were totally imaginary, created by the German N. Gerbel, who published in 1545 a text based on the map of Greece
Greece
by N. Sofianos. The ancient sanctuary was depicted as a fortified city. The first travelers with archaeological interests, apart from the precursor Cyriacus of Ancona, were the British George Wheler and the French Jacob Spon, who visited Greece
Greece
in a joint expedition in 1675-76. They published their impressions separately. In Wheler's "Journey into Greece", published in 1682, a sketch of the region of Dephi appeared, where the settlement of Kastri and some ruins were depicted. The illustrations in Spon's publication "Voyage d'Italie, de Dalmatie, de Grèce et du Levant, 1678" are considered original and groundbreaking. Travelers continued to visit Delphi
Delphi
throughout the 19th century and published their books which contained diaries, sketches, views of the site as well as pictures of coins. The illustrations often reflected the spirit of romanticism, as evident by the works of Otto Magnus von Stackelberg, where, apart from the landscapes (La Grèce. Vues pittoresques et topographiques, Paris 1834) are depicted also human types (Costumes et usages des peuples de la Grèce moderne dessinés sur les lieux, Paris 1828). The philhellene painter W. Williams has comprised the landscape of Delphi
Delphi
in his themes (1829). important personalities such as F.Ch.-H.-L. Pouqueville, W.M. Leake, Chr. Wordsworth and Lord Byron are amongst the most important visitors of Delphi.

Delphi
Delphi
by Edward Lear
Edward Lear
features the Phaedriades.

After the foundation of the modern Greek state, the press becomes also interested in these travelers. Thus "Ephemeris" writes (17/03/1889): “In the "Revues des Deux Mondes" Paul Lefaivre published his memoirs from an excursion to Delphi. The French author relates in a charming style his adventures on the road, praising particularly the ability of an old woman to put back in its place the dismantled arm of one of his foreign traveling companions, who had fallen off the horse. In Arachova
Arachova
the Greek type is preserved intact. The men are rather athletes than farmers, built for running and wrestling, particularly elegant and slender under their mountain gear. Only briefly does he refer to the antiquities of Delphi, but he refers to a pelasgian wall 80 meters long, on which innumerable inscriptions are carved, decrees, conventions, manumissions". Gradually the first travelling guides appeared. The revolutionary "pocket" books invented by Karl Baedeker, accompanied by maps useful for visiting archaeological sites such as Delphi
Delphi
(1894) and the informed plans, the guides became practical and popular. The photographic lens revolutionized the way of depicting the landscape and the antiquities, particularly from 1893 onwards, when the systematic excavations of the French Archaeological School started. However, artists such as Vera Willoughby, continued to be inspired by the landscape. Delphic themes inspired several graphic artists. Besides the landscape, Pythia/Sibylla become an illustration subject even on Tarot cards.[63] A famous example constitutes Michelangelo's Delphic Sibyl (1509),[64] the 19th-century German engraving Oracle
Oracle
of Apollo
Apollo
at Delphi, as well as the most recent The Oracle
Oracle
of Delphi, inc on paper, by the Swedish Malin Lind.[65] Modern artists are inspired also by the Delphic Maxims. Examples of such works are displayed in the "Sculpture park of the European Cultural Center of Delphi" and in exhibitions taking place at the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Delphi
Delphi
in literature[edit] Delphi
Delphi
inspired literature as well. In 1814 W. Haygarth, friend of Lord Byron, refers to Delphi
Delphi
in his work "Greece, a Poem". In 1888 Charles Marie René Leconte de Lisle
Charles Marie René Leconte de Lisle
published his lyric drama L’Apollonide, accompanied by music by Franz Servais. More recent French authors used Delphi
Delphi
as a source of inspiration such as Yves Bonnefoy (Delphes du second jour) or Jean Sullivan (nickname of Joseph Lemarchand) in L'Obsession de Delphes (1967), but also Rob MacGregor's Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi
Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi
(1991). The presence of Delphi
Delphi
in Greek literature is very intense. Poets such as Kostis Palamas
Kostis Palamas
(The Delphic Hymn, 1894), Kostas Karyotakis
Kostas Karyotakis
(Delphic festival, 1927), Nikephoros Vrettakos (return from Delphi, 1957), Yannis Ritsos
Yannis Ritsos
(Delphi, 1961–62) and Kiki Dimoula (Gas omphalos and Appropriate terrain 1988), to mention only the most renowned ones. Angelos Sikelianos
Angelos Sikelianos
wrote The Dedication (of the Delphic speech) (1927), the Delphic Hymn (1927) and the tragedy Sibylla (1940), whereas in the context of the Delphic idea and the Delphic festivals he published an essay titled "The Delphic union" (1930). The nobelist George Seferis
George Seferis
wrote an essay under the title "Delphi", comprised in the book "Dokimes". The importance of Delphi
Delphi
for the Greeks is significant. The site has been recorded on the collective memory and have been expressed through tradition. Nikolaos Politis, the famous Greek ethnographer, in his Studies on the life and language of the Greek people - part A, offers two examples from Delphi: a) the priest of Apollo
Apollo
(176) When Christ was born a priest of Apollo
Apollo
was sacrificing below the monastery of Panayia, on the road of Livadeia, on a site called Logari. Suddenly he abandoned the sacrifice and says to the people: "in this moment was born the son of God, who will be very powerful, like Apollo, but then Apollo
Apollo
will beat him". He didn't have time to finish his speech and a thunder came down and burnt him, opening the rock nearby into two. [p. 99] b)The Mylords (108) The Mylords are not Christians, because nobody ever saw them cross themselves. They originate from the old pagan inhabitants of Delphi
Delphi
who kept their property in castle called Adelphi, named after the two brother princes who built it. When Christ and his mother came to the site, and all people around converted to Christianity they thought that they should better leave; thus the Mylords left for the West and took all their belongings with them. The Mylords come here now and worship these stones. [p. 59] See also[edit]

Ex voto of the Attalids (Delphi) Franz Weber (activist)
Franz Weber (activist)
- made an honorary citizen of Delphi
Delphi
in 1997 Delphi
Delphi
Archaeological Museum Aristoclea, Delphic priestess of the 6th century BC, said to have been tutor to Pythagoras Greek art List of traditional Greek place names

Gallery[edit]

Valley

The theatre at Delphi

Ruins of the theatre at Delphi

Stacked stones

The reconstructed Treasury of Athens

View of the mountain

Notes[edit]

^ In English, the name Delphi
Delphi
is pronounced either as /ˈdɛlfaɪ/ or, in a more the Greek-like manner, as /ˈdɛlfiː/. The Greek spelling transliterates as "Delphoi" (with an o); dialectal forms include Belphoi — Aeolian form — and Dalphoi — Phocian
Phocian
form—, as well as other Greek dialectal varieties. ^ Graves, Robert (1993), "The Greek Myths: Complete Edition" (Penguin, Harmondsworth) ^ Pausanias 10.12.1 ^ Konstaninou, Ioanna "Delphi: the Oracle
Oracle
and its Role in the Political and Social Life of the Ancient Greeks" (Hannibal Publishing House, Athens) ^ Entry πύθω at LSJ ^ a b Miller, p. 95 ^ Hymn to Pythian Apollo, l. 254–74: Telphousa recommends to Apollo to build his oracle temple at the site of " Krisa
Krisa
below the glades of Parnassus". ^ a b c Miller, p.96 ^ Miller, pp. 96–7 ^ Burkert 1985, pp. 61, 84. ^ Fontenrose, Joseph, The Delphic Oracle: Its Responses and Operations, with a Catalogue of Responses (1978). pp. 3–4. "Such was its prestige that most Hellenes after 500 BCE placed its foundation in the earliest days of the world: before Apollo
Apollo
took possession, they said, Ge (Earth) (Gaia) and her daughter Themis
Themis
had spoken oracles at Pytho. Such has been the strength of the tradition that many historians and others have accepted as historical fact the ancient statement that Ge and Themis
Themis
spoke oracles before it became Apollo's establishment. Yet nothing but the myth supports this statement. In the earliest account that we have of the Delphic Oracle's beginnings, the story found in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo (281–374), there was no Oracle
Oracle
before Apollo
Apollo
came and killed the great she-dragon, Pytho's only inhabitant. This was apparently the Delphic myth of the sixth century". ^ Farnell, Lewis Richard, The Cults of the Greek States, v.III, pp. 8–10, onwards. "The earth is the abode of the dead, therefore the earth-deity has power over the ghostly world: the shapes of dreams, which often foreshadowed the future, were supposed to ascend from the world below, therefore the earth-deity might acquire an oracular function, especially through the process of incubation, in which the consultant slept in a holy shrine with his ear upon the ground. That such conceptions attached to Gaia is shown by the records of her cults at Delphi, Athens, and Aegae. A recently discovered inscription speaks of a temple of Ge at Delphi. ... As regards Gaia, we also can accept it. It is confirmed by certain features in the latter Delphic divination, and also by the story of the Python." ^ Odyssey, VIII, 80 ^ Plato, Charmides 164d–165a. ^ Plato, Protagoras
Protagoras
343a–b at the Perseus Project. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, Phocis
Phocis
and Ozolian Locri, 10.24.1 at the Perseus Project. ^ Hodge, A. Trevor. "The Mystery of Apollo's E at Delphi," American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 85, No. 1. (Jan., 1981), pp. 83–84. ^ H. Parke and D. Wormell, The Delphic Oracle, (Basil Blackwell, 1956), vol. 1, pp. 387–389. ^ Parke & Wormell, p. 389. ^ a b c Cf. Seyffert, Dictionary of Classic Antiquities, article on "Delphic Oracle" ^ James Hall, A History of Ideas and Images in Italian Art, pp 70–71, 1983, John Murray, London, ISBN 0719539714 ^ Rodhe, E (1925), "Psyche: The Cult of Souls and the Belief in Immortality among the Greeks", trans. from the 8th edn. by W. B. Hillis (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1925; reprinted by Routledge, 2000). p.97. ^ Stevens, Natalie L. C. (2009). "A New Reconstruction of the Etruscan Heaven". American Journal of Archaeology. 113 (2): 153–164. doi:10.3764/aja.113.2.153. JSTOR 20627565.  ^ Entry: σμινθεύς Archived 2009-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. at Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon ^ Herbert William Parke, The Delphic Oracle, v.1, p.3. "The foundation of Delphi
Delphi
and its oracle took place before the times of recorded history. It would be foolish to look for a clear statement of origin from any ancient authority, but one might hope for a plain account of the primitive traditions. Actually this is not what we find. The foundation of the oracle is described by three early writers: the author of the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, Aeschylus
Aeschylus
in the prologue to the Eumenides, and Euripides
Euripides
in a chorus in the Iphigeneia in Tauris. All three versions, instead of being simple and traditional, are already selective and tendentious. They disagree with each other basically, but have been superficially combined in the conventional version of late classical times." Parke goes on to say, "This version [Euripides] evidently reproduces in a sophisticated form the primitive tradition which Aeschylus
Aeschylus
for his own purposes had been at pains to contradict: the belief that Apollo
Apollo
came to Delphi
Delphi
as an invader and appropriated for himself a previously existing oracle of Earth. The slaying of the serpent is the act of conquest which secures his possession; not as in the Homeric Hymn, a merely secondary work of improvement on the site. Another difference is also noticeable. The Homeric Hymn, as we saw, implied that the method of prophecy used there was similar to that of Dodona: both Aeschylus
Aeschylus
and Euripides, writing in the fifth century, attribute to primeval times the same methods as used at Delphi
Delphi
in their own day. So much is implied by their allusions to tripods and prophetic seats." Continuing on p.6, "Another very archaic feature at Delphi
Delphi
also confirms the ancient associations of the place with the Earth goddess. This was the Omphalos, an egg-shaped stone which was situated in the innermost sanctuary of the temple in historic times. Classical legend asserted that it marked the 'navel' (Omphalos) or center of the Earth and explained that this spot was determined by Zeus
Zeus
who had released two eagles to fly from opposite sides of the earth and that they had met exactly over this place". On p.7 he writes further, "So Delphi
Delphi
was originally devoted to the worship of the Earth goddess whom the Greeks called Ge, or Gaia. Themis, who is associated with her in tradition as her daughter and partner or successor, is really another manifestation of the same deity: an identity which Aeschylus
Aeschylus
himself recognized in another context. The worship of these two, as one or distinguished, was displaced by the introduction of Apollo. His origin has been the subject of much learned controversy: it is sufficient for our purpose to take him as the Homeric Hymn represents him – a northern intruder – and his arrival must have occurred in the dark interval between Mycenaean and Hellenic times. His conflict with Ge for the possession of the cult site was represented under the legend of his slaying the serpent." ^ William Godwin (1876). "Lives of the Necromancers". p. 11.  ^ See (e.g.) Fearn 2007, 182. ^ Liritzis, I.; Castro, B. (2013). " Delphi
Delphi
and Cosmovision: Apollo's absence at the land of the hyperboreans and the time for consulting the oracle". Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. 16 (2): 184.  ^ Castro, Belen; Liritzis, Ioannis; Nyquist, Anne (2015). "Oracular Functioning And Architecture of Five Ancient Apollo
Apollo
Temples Through Archaeastronomy: Novel Approach And Interpretation". Interpretation Nexus Network Journal, Architecture & Mathematics. 18 (2): 373. doi:10.1007/s00004-015-0276-2.  ^ Spiller, Henry A; Hale, John R; De Boer, Jelle Z (2002). "The Delphic Oracle: A Multidisciplinary Defense of the Gaseous Vent Theory" (PDF). Clinical Toxicology. 40 (2): 189–196. doi:10.1081/clt-120004410. PMID 12126193.  ^ John Roach (2001-08-14). "Delphic Oracle's Lips May Have Been Loosened by Gas Vapors". National Geographic. Retrieved March 8, 2007.  ^ Spiller, Henry; De Boer, Jella; Hale, John R; Chanton, Jeffery (2008). "Gaseous emissions at the site of the Delphic Oracle: Assessing the ancient evidence". Clinical Toxicology. 46 (5): 487–488. doi:10.1080/15563650701477803. PMID 18568810. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ Harissis, Haralampos V (2014). "A Bittersweet Story: The True Nature of the Laurel of the Oracle
Oracle
of Delphi". Perspect Biol Med. 57 (3): 351–360. doi:10.1353/pbm.2014.0032. PMID 25959349. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ Lewis Mumford, The City
City
in History. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961; p. 140. "Because the founding of the city was for the Greeks, as it had been for earlier cultures, primarily a religious act, Delphi
Delphi
naturally assumed charge of the new foundations; and especially in the early period of colonization, the Pythian Apollo gave specific advice that dispatched new colonies in every direction, under the aegis of Apollo
Apollo
himself. Few cities would undertake such an expedition without consulting the oracle. Thus at a moment when the growth of population might have led to congestion within the city, to random emigration, or to conflicts for arable land in the more densely populated regions, Delphi, willy-nilly, faced the problem and conducted a program of organized dispersal." ^ Livy, Ab urbe condita, 1.56 ^ a b c Lampsas Giannis, Dictionary of the Ancient World (Lexiko tou Archaiou Kosmou), Vol. I, Athens, Domi Publications, 1984, pp. 761-762 ^ a b c d Gregory, Timothy E. (1991). "Delphi". In Kazhdan, Alexander. Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. London and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 602. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.  ^ Grecia. Guida d'Europa (in Italian). Milano: Touring Club Italiano. 1977. p. 126.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Delphi
Delphi
Archaeological Site, Ancient-Greece.org ^ a b Sakoulas, Thomas. "Temple of Apollo
Apollo
at Delphi". Ancient-Greece.org. Retrieved 28 November 2016.  ^ a b Trudy Ring, Robert M. Salkin, Sharon La Bod, International Dictionary of Historic Places: Southern Europe; Page 185; [1] ^ Ancient-Greece.org. Ancient-Greece.org http://ancient-greece.org/architecture/delphi-temple-of-apollo.html. Retrieved 2 October 2017.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Gruben G., Griechische Tempel und Heiligtümer, München, 2001 ^ a b c Delphi
Delphi
Archived 2005-04-01 at the Wayback Machine., Hellenic Ministry of Culture. ^ Stoa of the Athenians
Stoa of the Athenians
at Ashes2Art. ^ Bommelaer, J.-F., Laroche, D., Guide de Delphes: Le site, Paris 1991, pp. 207-212 ^ Delphi
Delphi
Theater at Ancient-Greece.org. ^ Bommelaer, J.-F. «Das Theater», in Maas, M. (ed), Delphi. Orakel am Nabel der Welt,Karlsruhe 1996, pp.95-105 ^ Mulliez, D., “Οι πυθικοί αγώνες. Οι μαρτυρίες των επιγραφών”, in Κολώνια, Ρ. (ed.), Αρχαία Θέατρα της Στερεάς Ελλάδας, Διάζωμα, Αθήνα 2013, 147-154 ^ http://www.diazoma.gr/200-Stuff-06-Theatres/DataSheet_Delfon.pdf ^ Χλέπα, Ε.-Α., Παπαντωνόπουλος, Κ., «Τεκμηρίωση και αποκατάσταση του αρχαίου θεάτρου Δελφών», in Κολώνια, Ρ. (ed.), Αρχαία Θέατρα της Στερεάς Ελλάδας, Διάζωμα, Αθήνα 2013, 173-198 ^ "Marcus Vitruvius
Vitruvius
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Stadium
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Manumission
Wall at Ashes2Art; Manumission
Manumission
of female slaves at Delphi
Delphi
at attalus.org. ^ a b c Miller, p. 98 ^ Pindar, Paean 8.65-75, translated by C.M. Bowra, Pindar, Oxford University Press (2000 reprint), p. 373-74 ^ C.M. Bowra, Pindar, Oxford University Press (2000 reprint), p. 373-75 ^ Petrides, P., 1997, «Delphes dans l’Antiquité tardive : première approche topographique et céramologique», BCH 121, 681-695 ^ Petrides, P., 2003, «Αteliers de potiers protobyzantins à Delphes », in Χ. ΜΠΑΚΙΡΤΖΗΣ (ed.), 7ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο Μεσαιωνικής Κεραμικής της Μεσογείου, Θεσσαλονίκη 11-16 Οκτωβρίου 1999, Πρακτικά, Αθήνα, 443-446 ^ Petrides, P., 2005, «Un exemple d’architecture civile en Grèce : les maisons protobyzantines de Delphes (IVe–VIIe s.)», Mélanges Jean-Pierre Sodini, Travaux et Mémoires 15, Paris, pp.193-204. ^ [2] ^ ][3], το Consulting the Oracle
Oracle
του John William Waterhouse (1882), the Priestess of Delphi
Delphi
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Oracle
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References[edit]

Broad, William J. The Oracle: Ancient Delphi
Ancient Delphi
and the Science Behind its Lost Secrets, New York : Penguin, 2006. ISBN 1-59-420081-5. Burkert, Walter, Greek Religion 1985. Connelly, Joan Breton, Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 0691127468 Dempsey, T., Reverend, The Delphic oracle, its early history, influence and fall, Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1918. Farnell, Lewis Richard, The Cults of the Greek States, in five volumes, Clarendon Press, 1896–1909. (Cf. especially, volume III and volume IV on the Pythoness and Delphi). Fearn, David. Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition. Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780199215508 Fontenrose, Joseph Eddy, The Delphic oracle, its responses and operations, with a catalogue of responses, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978. ISBN 0520033604 Fontenrose, Joseph Eddy, Python; a study of Delphic myth and its origins, New York, Biblio & Tannen, 1974. ISBN 081960285X Goodrich, Norma Lorre, Priestesses, New York: F. Watts, 1989. ISBN 0531151131 Guthrie, William Keith Chambers, The Greeks and their Gods, 1955. Hall, Manly Palmer, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 1928. Ch. 14 cf. Greek Oracles,www, PRS Harissis H.V. 2015. “A Bittersweet Story: The True Nature of the Laurel of the Oracle
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Plutarch
"Lives" Rohde, Erwin, Psyche, 1925. Seyffert, Oskar, "Dictionary of Classical Antiquities", London: W. Glaisher, 1895. Spiller, Henry A., John R. Hale, and Jelle Z. de Boer. "The Delphic Oracle: A Multidisciplinary Defense of the Gaseous Vent Theory." Clinical Toxicology 40.2 (2000) 189–196. West, Martin Litchfield, The Orphic Poems, 1983. ISBN 0-19-814854-2. Stephen G. Miller, Ancient Greek
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Athletics, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004 Liritzis, I; Castro, Β (2013). " Delphi
Delphi
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Further reading[edit]

Adornato, G (2008). "Delphic Enigmas? The Γέλας ἀνάσσων, Polyzalos, and the Charioteer Statue". American Journal of Archaeology. 112 (1): 29–55.  Davies, J. K. (1998). Finance, Administrations, and Realpolitik: The Case of Fourth-Century Delphi. In Modus Operandi: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Rickman. Edited by M. Austin, J. Harries, and C. Smith, 1–14. London: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Suppl. 71. Davies, John. (2007). "The Origins of the Destivals, especially Delphi and the Pythia." In Pindar’s Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece
Greece
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and Phokis: A Network Theory Approach". Pallas. 87: 95–106.  McInerney, Jeremy (1997). "Parnassus, Delphi, and the Thyiades". Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies. 38 (3): 263–284.  Morgan, Catherine. (1990). Athletes and Oracles. The Transformation of Olympia and Delphi
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in the Eighth Century BC. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Univ. Press. Partida, Elena C. (2002). The Treasuries at Delphi: An Architectural Study. Jonsered, Denmark: Paul Åströms. Scott, Michael, Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014). ISBN 978-0-691-15081-9 Scott, Michael. (2010). Delphi
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5th century evidence[edit]

Petrides, P., 2010, La céramique protobyzantine de Delphes. Une production et son contexte, École française d’Athènes, Fouilles de Delphes V, Monuments figurés 4, Paris – Athènes Petrides, P., Déroche, V., Badie, A., 2014,Delphes de l’Antiquité tardive. Secteur au Sud-est du Péribole, École française d’Athènes, Fouilles de Delphes II, Topographie et Architecture 15, Paris-Athènes Petrides, P., 1997, «Delphes dans l’Antiquité tardive : première approche topographique et céramologique», BCH 121, 681-695. Petrides, P., 2003, «Αteliers de potiers protobyzantins à Delphes », in Χ. ΜΠΑΚΙΡΤΖΗΣ (ed.), 7ο Διεθνές Συνέδριο Μεσαιωνικής Κεραμικής της Μεσογείου, Θεσσαλονίκη 11-16 Οκτωβρίου 1999, Πρακτικά, Αθήνα, 443-446. Petrides, P., 2005, «Un exemple d’architecture civile en Grèce : les maisons protobyzantines de Delphes (IVe–VIIe s.)», Mélanges Jean-Pierre Sodini, Travaux et Mémoires 15, Paris, pp. 193–204. Petrides, P., Demou, J., 2011, « La redécouverte de Delphes protobyzantine », Pallas 87, 267-281.

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General[edit]

Delphic Oracle
Oracle
on In Our Time at the BBC. Official website of the archaeological site Official website of the Museum Michael Scott. "Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World". BBC
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4. Retrieved 23 Nov 2010.  Missing or empty series= (help) Homepage of the modern municipality (in English) (in Greek) Hellenic Ministry of Culture: Delphi C. Osborne, "A Short detour to Delphi
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and the Sibyls" Eloise Hart, "The Delphic oracle" III JUNIOR DELPHIC GAMES 2007 Baguio City, Philippines – November 10 to 15 [6] International Delphic Council ASHES2ART Digital Delphi Delphi- Help - первая помощь по Delphi
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Geology of Delphi[edit]

John R. Hale, et al., "Questioning the Delphic Oracle: When science meets religion at this ancient Greek site, the two turn out to be on better terms than scholars had originally thought", in Scientific American August 2003 John Roach, "Delphic Oracle's Lips May Have Been Loosened by Gas Vapors" in National Geographic news, August 2001 Geology of Delphi The New York Times, March 19, 2002: "Fumes and Visions Were Not a Myth for Oracle
Oracle
at Delphi" A Geological Companion to Greece
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