Wednesday, 5 August 2015

DELPHI, GREECE

Delphi (Greek: Δελφοί) is both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In myths dating to the classical period of Ancient Greece (510-323 BC), the site of Delphi was believed to be determined by Zeus when he sought to find the centre of his "Grandmother Earth" (Ge, Gaea, or Gaia). He sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path of the eagles crossed over Delphi where the omphalos, or navel of Gaia was found.

Earlier myths include traditions that Pythia, or the Delphic oracle, already was the site of an important oracle in the pre-classical Greek world (as early as 1400 BC) and, rededicated from about 800 BCE, when it served as the major site during classical times for the worship of the god Apollo. Apollo was said to have slain Python, "a dragon" who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth. "Python" (derived from the verb πύθω, "to rot") is claimed by some to be the original name of the site in recognition of Python which Apollo defeated.

Others relate that it was named Pytho and that Pythia, the priestess serving as the oracle, was chosen from their ranks by a group of priestesses who officiated at the temple. Apollo's sacred precinct in Delphi was a panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years, starting in 586 BC athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four panhellenic (or stephanitic) games, precursors of the Modern Olympics. The victors at Delphi were presented with a laurel crown (stephanos) which was ceremonially cut from a tree by a boy who re-enacted the slaying of the Python. Delphi was set apart from the other games sites because it hosted the "mousikos agon", musical competition.

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.
Model of a reconstruction of the Delphi site 
Temple of Apollo
The tholos of Athena Pronaia 
The amphitheatre 
The bronze charioteer
Statue of Socrates
Archaic ivory and gold statue fragments
Statue of Antinoos
North Frieze of the Siphnian Treasury

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Although I have been to many of the classical sites of Greece Delphi is one that has eluded me so far.

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  2. Fascinating!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/orchids-variety-in-bloom.html

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  3. it's all Greek to me. Actually, very nice shots.

    ROG, ABCW

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  4. someday, i hope, i will be able to make photographs of that place myself

    Melody (abcw)

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