Delphi

Delphi

A History of the Center of the Ancient World

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Baker & Taylor
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 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 sanctuaryand 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. He also examines the eventual decline of the site and how its meaning and importance have continued to be reshaped right up to the present. Finally, for the modern visitor to Delphi, he includes a brief guide that highlights key things to see and little-known treasures. A unique window into the center of the ancient world, this book will appeal to general readers, tourists, students, and specialists.

Princeton University Press

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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For about a thousand years, the oracle at Delphi was considered the center of the world by peoples who lived in the Mediterranean region and were influenced by the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. This book gives a history of Delphi. It is written by an academic professor of classics who is also a writer and presenter of popular documentaries (for venues such as National Geographic, Nova, the History Channel, and the BBC). As a result, the writing is both learned and accessible to general readers interested in the subject. The book's goal is to bring the community and culture of ancient Delphi to life for modern readers, with a focus on the details of the community in daily and ritual life. It is illustrated with maps and black and white photographs, and is an accurate history detailed enough for academic use in classics, history, or archeology courses that explains the historical and ceremonial minutae of ancient Delphi in terms of the actions and beliefs of real people in a real place. The book is organized chronologically, from the beginnings of the Delphic oracle to the decline of Delphi as a cultural and religious center. The book offers full academic endnotes and bibliography, as well as a short guide to Delphi for contemporary visitors. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2014
ISBN: 9780691150819
Branch Call Number: 938 SCO
Characteristics: xi, 422 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), maps ;,25 cm.

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