Monday, January 26, 2009

Delphi and the Oracle

Delphi is a very dramatic place. The drama is provided by the domineering Mt. Parnassos (today a famous ski center) and by the ancient archeological site with its sanctuary of Apollo, an ancient theater, a museum, etc.. In the classical Greek world, the sanctuary of Apollo was house to the Oracle delivered by the 'Phytea', the priestess ( an old speckless woman). The Oracle spoken in riddles, was interpreted by the priests of the temple and directed by them to the people who came from all over Greece to hear the prophesies of the Oracle and consult it before major undertakings.

Mt. Parnassos towering over Delphi

Delphi, the town and ancient site
At the foot of Mt. Parnassos' Might
Historical, dramatic, and sacred spot
Where people listened to and obeyed God

Here's the temple of Apollo, God of Light
Who foretold the future and was Guide
To people from all over the land of Greece
Who came to hear the Oracle through his priests.

The sanctuary dedicated to Apollo

Point of departure to and from the archeological site

View from above of the port of Itea

Narrow souvenir shop area

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