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Age of Myth and Legends

Oracle of Delphi


a part of Age of Myth and Legends, by Seraph.

The one who has all the answers.

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In the 7th century BC many of the Greek city states begin to make a habit of consulting the oracle at Delphi, established in the previous century as a shrine of Apollo. The reputation of the Delphic oracle has been one of brilliant ambiguity. Romantic historians have built up an enticing image of the priestess mouthing her pronouncements in a state of trance while mysterious vapours hiss from crannies in the ground.

To the distress of those who relish the incomprehensible, modern research suggests that the reality was both more ordinary and more believable. Indeed most visitors do not so much consult the oracle as bring a decision to Delphi for approval.

The mouthpiece of Apollo at Delphi is his priestess, known as the Pythia (from Python, an earlier name for Delphi). When making her pronouncements she sits on a tall three-legged stool, with male priests beside her. Sometimes the questions concern proper religious procedure, such as which gods the suppliant should sacrifice to. This is a natural question to ask at a shrine, and the priestess's replies tend to be conservative - in effect, do what it is the custom to do.

Where the questions are political, it has often mystified people that the priestess and her advisers can be sufficiently well informed to pronounce

In those political questions and answers which have survived, the answer in most cases repeats the wording of the question. Thus the questioner can engineer his own answer.
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Oracle of Delphi

The one who has all the answers.


Oracle of Delphi is a part of Age of Myth and Legends.

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