delphi

     

Delphi (Greek Δελφοί, [ðe̞lˈfi]) (pronounce an dialectal forms ) is an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and it was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. His sacred precinct in Delphi was a Panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, the precursor to the Olympic Games.

Trivia about delphi

  • Pytho, the site of Apollo's oracle, was renamed this after Apollo appeared disguised as a sea creature
  • A woman called the Pythia was the medium at this city's ancient oracle
  • The Greeks considered this site of the oracles the "Omphalus" or navel of the world
  • The stadium for the Pythian Games was located on Mt. Parnassus, near this oracle site
  • Around 1930 Angelos Sikelianos tried to revive the famous festival of this town, "Navel of the World"--didn't work
  • The 3 main oracle sites in Greece were Dodona, Delos & this other "D" location
  • Greek city that claimed it was the omphalos, the navel or center of the world
  • In 548 B.C. the Temple of Apollo burned down in this oracular city, sponsor of the Pythian Games
  • The Sacred Way zigzagged from the entrance of this oracle's ancient sanctuary to the Temple of Apollo
  • While the oldest oracle was at Dodona, the most famous one was Apollo's, located here
  • This seat of the most celebrated oracle of ancient Greece was considered the center of the universe
  • You probably don't have to consult an Oracle to know that the Pythian Games were held every 4 years in this city
  • This Ancient Greek town on Mount Parnassus was the site of a famous oracle
  • (Sarah of the Clue Crew shows us a map of the Mediterranean region.) Legend says Zeus released two eagles, one from the east, & one the west; they met at the site of this ancient city, then considered the center of the world