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Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World by Michael Scott

By Michael Scott

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi have been often called the "omphalos"—the "center" or "navel"—of the traditional international for greater than a thousand years. contributors, urban leaders, and kings got here from all around the Mediterranean and past to refer to Delphi's oracular priestess; to establish monuments to the gods; and to participate in competitions.

In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the heritage and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological proof surrounding the positioning, to its upward thrust as a middle of worship, to the consistent allure of the oracle regardless of her cryptic prophecies. He describes how Delphi turned a contested sacred web site for Greeks and Romans and a storehouse for the treasures of rival city-states and international kings. He additionally examines the eventual decline of the location and the way its that means and significance have persevered to be reshaped.

A designated window into the heart of the traditional international, Delphi will attract basic readers, travelers, scholars, and specialists.

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