Delphi

A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Author: Michael Scott

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691169845

Category: History

Page: 448

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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.
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A World History of Art

Author: Hugh Honour,John Fleming

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781856694513

Category: Art

Page: 936

View: 8495

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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.
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The Oracles of the Ancient World

A Complete Guide

Author: Trevor Curnow

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 7987

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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.
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The New Cultural Atlas of the Greek World

Author: Tim Cooke

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761478782

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

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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.
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The Telemachia: A History by Antimenes of Argos

Author: Michael Barnes Selvin

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0615137164

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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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."
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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

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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.
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A History of Ancient Geography

Author: Henry Fanshawe Tozer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108078753

Category: History

Page: 432

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

The Last Secrets of Antiquity

Author: Philipp Vandenberg

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781845114022

Category: History

Page: 291

View: 3572

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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.
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