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The Oracle of Delphi, Priestess Pythia, Who Spoke Truth to Power

In a time and place that offered few career opportunities for women, the job of the priestess of Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi stands out. Her position was at the centre of one of the most powerful religious...

The Ancient Greek Sanctuary of Dodona

The ancient Greek sanctuary and theater of Dodona are part of a uniquely historic site in the country, home to the oldest oracle, which even predated that of the more universally-known Delphi. Known in Doric Greek as Δωδώνα, or...

When The Gauls Attacked The Oracle Of Delphi

The attack of the Gauls on the oracle of Delphi in 279 b.C. marked the devastating end of the Gallic tribes' ambitious invasion of Greece.

Secrets Of The Delphic Oracle And How It Speaks To Us Today

The legacy of Delphi lies not so much in fortune-tellers, soothsayers and horoscopes: the central and authoritative role of the oracle in the ancient world is reflected in more serious ways we try to anticipate the future.

Common Questions Ancient Greeks Asked Oracles

Professor Mika Kajava from the University of Helsinki revealed some of the most common questions ancient Greeks asked the oracles of their time, during the 28th Annual Meeting of the Finnish Institute in Athens, which was held last week....