A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851327

Category: History

Page: 440

View: 8690

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the "omphalos"—the "center" or "navel"—of the ancient world for more than 1000 years. Individuals, city leaders, and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi's oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods; and to take part in competitions. In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the history and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the site, to its rise as a center of worship, to the constant appeal of the oracle despite her cryptic prophecies. He describes how Delphi became a contested sacred site for Greeks and Romans and a storehouse for the treasures of rival city-states and foreign kings. He also examines the eventual decline of the site and how its meaning and importance have continued to be reshaped. A unique window into the center of the ancient world, Delphi will appeal to general readers, tourists, students, and specialists.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 3273

Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

The Oracles of the Ancient World

A Complete Guide

Author: Trevor Curnow

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press


Category: History

Page: 180

View: 598

Ranging from Abai to Zeleia, from massive temples in Egypt to modest tombs in Turkey, oracles were a major feature of the religions of many ancient cultures until their demise under the Christian Roman emperors. This work is a guide to all the known oracles of the ancient world. The greater part of it is devoted to an alphabetical listing providing details of nearly 300 sites in more than 25 countries where oracles of one kind or another functioned in antiquity. The text is extensively cross-referenced and illustrated, and supplemented by indexes, a glossary, and a substantial introduction.

A World History of Art

Author: Hugh Honour,John Fleming

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781856694513

Category: Art

Page: 936

View: 6015

Expanded to include the latest discoveries in prehistoric art as well as the most recent developments in non-Western and modern art, this is an up-to-date and wide ranging history of art.

The Decadence of Delphi

The Oracle in the Second Century AD and Beyond

Author: Kristin M. Heineman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317036271

Category: History

Page: 212

View: 6080

Examining the final years of Delphic consultation, this monograph argues that the sanctuary operated on two connected, yet distinct levels: the oracle, which was in decline, and the remaining religious, political and social elements at the site which continued to thrive. In contrast to Delphi, other oracular counterparts in Asia Minor, such as Claros and Didyma, rose in prestige as they engaged with new "theological" issues. Issues such as these were not presented to Apollo at Delphi and this lack of expertise could help to explain why Delphi began to decline in importance. The second and third centuries AD witnessed the development of new ways of access to divine wisdom. Particularly widespread were the practices of astrology and the Neoplatonic divinatory system, theurgy. This monograph examines the correlation between the rise of such practices and the decline of oracular consultation at Delphi, analyzing several examples from the Chaldean Oracles to demonstrate the new interest in a personal, soteriological religion. These cases reveal the transfer of Delphi’s sacred space, which further impacted the status of the oracle. Delphi’s interaction with Christianity in the final years of oracular operation is also discussed. Oracular utterances with Christian overtones are examined along with archaeological remains which demonstrate a shift in the use of space at Delphi from a "pagan" Panhellenic center to one in which Christianity is accepted and promoted.

The Telemachia: A History by Antimenes of Argos

Author: Michael Barnes Selvin


ISBN: 0615137164

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

View: 7418

To return to his hereditary throne on Ithaca, Telemachus, son of Odysseus and Penelope, musters the cleverness of his father and the wisdom of his mother as he navigates the treacherous waters of the War of the Families. More devastating than the Trojan War, this conflict pits the two greatest clans in ancient Greece: the Pelopides and Heraclides. It is the last gasp of a failing civilization. With remarkable parallels to today, Telemachus fights to maintain his beliefs and preserve his family. "This is a startlingly epic tale, ripe with originality and rendered with a highly adept ear for language. Beautifully written and exhaustively researched, the narrative builds on the history and age from which the material was born."

The New Cultural Atlas of the Greek World

Author: Tim Cooke

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761478782

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

View: 1196

Discusses the history of cultural life in ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age to the Roman conquest, and includes information on the birth of the city-state, the growth of literature, and changes in religious life.

Geschichte Ägyptens

Author: James Henry Breasted

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art, Egyptian

Page: 478

View: 423


Erinnerungen an die Genesis

die Chinesen und die biblische Urgeschichte

Author: C. H. Kang,Ethel R. Nelson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783775133579

Category: Bible

Page: 136

View: 356



A Guide to the Site and Museum

Author: Stephen Gaylord Miller,Stephen G. Miller

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520065901

Category: History

Page: 214

View: 344

"An exceptionally useful book. The Nemea excavations are crucial to our understanding of various features of Greek culture. This book puts it all together, not only for the site-visitor but also for those of us classicists who are not archaeologists. . . . [It] shares the importance of the site."--David C. Young, University of California, Santa Barbara "Something never before attempted or indeed possible: a comprehensive account of Nemea as the setting for one of the four great Panhellenic sanctuaries. It will be welcomed by all students of classical civilization as well as by non-specialist visitors to Greece."--Homer A. Thompson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton "An exceptionally useful book. The Nemea excavations are crucial to our understanding of various features of Greek culture. This book puts it all together, not only for the site-visitor but also for those of us classicists who are not archaeologists. . . . [It] shares the importance of the site."--David C. Young, University of California, Santa Barbara

Southern Europe

International Dictionary of Historic Places

Author: Trudy Ring,Noelle Watson,Paul Schellinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134259654

Category: Reference

Page: 836

View: 2985

First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A History of Ancient Geography

Author: Henry Fanshawe Tozer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108078753

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 8416

This 1897 textbook traces the progress of geographical writing from Homeric times to the end of Rome's western empire.

Pillars of Humanity: the Delphic Admonitions

Ancient wisdom for the modern man

Author: Marios Koutsoukos

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1782349197

Category: Philosophy

Page: 92

View: 5127

Nestled on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus, the Delphic oracle, seat of the “Delphic Sybil”, was the most learned, opulent and celebrated religious centre of the classical Greek world. In the fore temple of the sun-god, Apollo, at Delphi, 148 brief maxims were inscribed on votive pillars surrounding the visiting pilgrim. They were known as the Delphic Admonitions: the milestones of the path to an enlightened and happy life. Attributed either to the divine revelation of Apollo’s wisdom or to the Seven Sages of Antiquity, the philosophers who laid the foundations of Western culture, the Delphic Admonitions are a sublime summary of Ancient Greek philosophical and theological teachings, addressed to the savant and the common man alike. In this work, all 148 Delphic Admonitions are presented complete with historical commentary and semantic analysis of each one, so as to render them easy to comprehend even to the reader unfamiliar with the particulars of the ancient Greek world. Each Admonition is embellished with historical notes concerning the prevalent philosophical and theological notions of the Classical era as well as anecdotal accounts from the lives of philosophers to serve as examples. Furthermore, an appendix containing the Delphic Admonitions in ancient Greek is supplied for the cross-reference and research needs of the discerning reader. The Delphic Admonitions comprise a complete system by which one may chose to lead a harmonious and balanced life of happiness, dealing with every aspect of human existence – from the most mundane practices of everyday living to the abstract spiritual notions which govern belief in the preternatural.

Mysteries of the Oracles

The Last Secrets of Antiquity

Author: Philipp Vandenberg

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781845114022

Category: History

Page: 291

View: 7733

Written in a first person "quest for knowledge hidden for thousands of years" style this is an entertaining trip around Greece, ancient and modern in search of "the last secrets of antiquity". There is, to be fair also a surprising amount of detailed research on Greek Oracles, and the ways in which they were viewed by contemporaries.

Revisiting Delphi

Religion and Storytelling in Ancient Greece

Author: Julia Kindt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107151570

Category: History

Page: 236

View: 9438

An innovative reading of how different authors tell stories about the Delphic Oracle, focusing on the religious views thereby conveyed.