Delphi

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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 fro...
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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 Delphis oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble, and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions. This book provides the first comprehensive narrative history of this extraordinary sanctuary and city, from its founding to its modern rediscovery, to show more clearly than ever before why Delphi was one of the most important places in the ancient world for so long. In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the whole history and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the site, to its rise as a center of worship with a wide variety of religious practices, 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.
Uitgever John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Druk 1
ISBN/EAN 9780691150819
Auteur Scott, Michael
Vakken Geschiedenis en Staatsinrichting

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