Ancient History & Civilisation

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

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.

Prologue: Why Delphi?

PART I: Some are born great

Chapter 1. Oracle

Chapter 2. Beginnings

Chapter 3. Transformation

Chapter 4. Rebirth

PART II: Some achieve greatness

Chapter 5. Fire

Chapter 6. Domination

Chapter 7. Renewal

Chapter 8. Transition

PART III: Some have greatness thrust upon them

Chapter 9. A New World

Chapter 10. Renaissance

Chapter 11. Final Glory?

Chapter 12. The Journey Continues

Epilogue: Unearthing Delphi

CONCLUSION

Guide: A Brief Tour of the Delphi Site and Museum

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