The Oracle of Delphi

It was around the 8th century B.C. that the Pythia at Delphi became famed for her esoteric, yet seemingly accurate, predictions. Much is known about the workings at Delphi as Plutarch, the historian and prolific writer, served there as a prophet.

The Oracle of Delphi only operated a few days out of the year, so the Pythia’s services were in high demand and commanded large sums. The cause of the Oracle’s fame is still a mystery, but many historians and geologists hypothesise that cracks in the earth released vapors that put the priestess in a trance-like state, causing complex predictions and an ethereal aura. Some experts suggest that the Oracle was successful for another reason. Surrounded by educated men and women, and visited by those bringing knowledge from all over the world, the Oracle of Delphi was a hub of learning and intelligence, allowing the priestess to dispense wisdom with seeming miraculous ease.



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Information sources:

https://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/background/7_p1.html
http://ancient-greece.org/history/delphi.html
http://www.ancient.eu/delphi/
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/08/0814_delphioracle.html
http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/ancient-greece/videos/secrets-of-the-oracle

Photo Credits / Sources:

John Collier [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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