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The oracle : the lost secrets and hidden message of ancient Delphi

Author: William J Broad
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2006.
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The Oracle of Delphi would enter into ecstatic union with the god Apollo and bring back his prophecies and counsel for all who came seeking answers. Though the air of magic that surrounds her might cast her as a legend, the Oracle did really exist--and her visions caused her to become the single most influential figure in all of ancient Greece. Eyewitness accounts describe temple practices in detail, claiming that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Broad, William J.
Oracle.
New York : Penguin Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607620956
Online version:
Broad, William J.
Oracle.
New York : Penguin Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607749007
Named Person: Apollo, (Deity)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William J Broad
ISBN: 1594200815 9781594200816
OCLC Number: 62326880
Description: 320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Center of the universe --
Doubters --
Inquisitive man --
Sleuths --
X marks the spot --
Rapture --
Mystic clue.
Responsibility: William J. Broad.
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The Oracle of Delphi would enter into ecstatic union with the god Apollo and bring back his prophecies and counsel for all who came seeking answers. Though the air of magic that surrounds her might cast her as a legend, the Oracle did really exist--and her visions caused her to become the single most influential figure in all of ancient Greece. Eyewitness accounts describe temple practices in detail, claiming that the Oracle breathed in vapors rising from the temple floor. In 1892 French archaeologists unearthed the temple, but could find no evidence that the rocky ground had brought vapors of any kind. Science journalist Broad tells a modern-day detective story that blends history and science to describe how a team of scientists, working from subtle clues scattered throughout the ancient literature, as well as from the latest findings in geology, uncovered scientific evidence to explain the Oracle's powers.--From publisher description.

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by bjanvier1 (WorldCat user on 2007-07-11)

Contents List of Illustrations xi Prologue 1 ONE Center of the Universe 9 TWO Doubters 73 THREE Inquisitive Man 107 FOUR Sleuths 131 FIVE X Marks the Spot 167 SIX Rapture 201 SEVEN Mystic Clue 227 Epilogue 249 Chronology 251 Notes 257 Selected Bibliography 287 Glossary 295 Acknowledgments 309 Index 315

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