A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400851327

Category: History

Page: 440

View: 1814

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.

Geschichte der alten Welt

Author: Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff

Publisher: N.A


Category: History, Ancient

Page: N.A

View: 2280


Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 710

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.

Delphi sehen und sterben

Ein neuer Fall für Marcus Didius Falco

Author: Lindsey Davis

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426408260

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 5492

Wir schreiben das Jahr 76 vor Christus. Griechenland ist für viele Römer zu einem bevorzugten Reiseziel geworden. Da werden in Olympia zwei junge Frauen aus Rom ermordet. Ein Fall für Marcus Didius Falco, der bald – zusammen mit seiner Liebsten Helena – in höchste Gefahr gerät ... Delphi sehen und sterben von Lindsey Davis: historischer Krimi im eBook!

Oracle Year. Tödliche Wahrheit


Author: Charles Soule

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641214173

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 1002

Will Dando erwacht eines Morgens mit dem Gefühl, vielleicht noch zu träumen – denn ihm schwirren Prophezeiungen durch den Kopf. Totaler Quatsch, denkt er, und widmet sich weiter seiner bescheidenen Karriere als Musiker. Doch als erste Visionen sich bewahrheiten, wird Will die Brisanz und der Wert seiner Gabe bewusst. Zusammen mit seinem besten Freund, einem Investmentbanker, beschließt er, mit den Prophezeiungen Geld zu verdienen. Dafür jedoch müssen sie an die Öffentlichkeit gehen – und die Menschen reagieren zutiefst verunsichert. Als erste Unruhen ausbrechen, beginnt Will zu ahnen, wie gefährlich sein Wissen wirklich ist ...

The Oracles of the Ancient World

A Complete Guide

Author: Trevor Curnow

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press


Category: History

Page: 180

View: 7357

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: 2892

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: 4338

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: 2843

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: 1480

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.

Southern Europe

International Dictionary of Historic Places

Author: Trudy Ring,Noelle Watson,Paul Schellinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134259654

Category: Reference

Page: 836

View: 5601

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: 1394

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

A Culture of Freedom

Ancient Greece and the Origins of Europe

Author: Christian Meier

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199588031

Category: History

Page: 315

View: 6252

When and where did Europe begin? With the ancient Greeks, argues Christian Meier. But do we really know who the ancient Greeks were? And what was it that made their culture so special? Taking us on a fascinating tour through the ancient Greek world, Culture for the Sake of Freedom attempts to answer this question - to find the key to the 'miracle' of ancient Greece.

Judaica et Hellenistica

Author: Martin Hengel

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161474187

Category: Religion

Page: 484

View: 8360

English summary: Um diese Lebensphase zu erhellen, ziehen die Autoren in bewundernswerter Detailarbeit eine Fulle von unterschiedlichen Quellen heran und werten diese kritisch aus. Uberhaupt lasst sich sagen, dass hier das Herz der Verfasser schlagt. Sie wollen im besten Sinne des Wortes historisch-kritisch arbeiten, d.h. die Quellen zu Wort kommen lassen und ihnen nicht mit Vorurteilen begegenen. ... Es ist eine anregende und auch aufrgende Lekture; das liegt nicht zuletzt auch an den Fussnoten, in denen machens kritische Wort zu lesen ist.Michael Schroder in Jahrbuch fur Evangelikale Theologie 1999 / 2000, S. 131-132 eine] Arbeit..., an der jede seriose Paulusforschung auf lange Zeit nicht vorbeikommen wird.Marco Frenschkowski in Biblische Bucherschau 2000, S. 98 German description: Aus Rezensionen: Insgesamt bietet dieser Sammelband nach den beiden grundlegenden Beitragen des Verfassers zum Thema Judentum und Hellenismus einen weiteren Meilenstein auf diesem Gebiet der Forschung, mit dem mehr als ein Neutestamentlicher nur von ungefahr vertraut ist.A. Fuchs in Studien zum Neuen Testament und seiner Umwelt 1998Martin Hengel's contribution to Judaeo-Greek studies has been, and continues to be, considerable. ... I defy anyone not to come away from this collection full of new information about and new insights into the Jewish Hellenistic world. The footnotes are a wonderful resource themselves.James Carleton Paget in Bulletin of Judaeo-Greek Studies 1997, p. 18

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: 3765

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.