In search of the Oracle – Delphi, Greece
Today’s drive takes us to Delphi, the centre of classical Greek civilisation with its ancient ruins and intricate mythology. The high point of Greek civilization was during the Classical period. This was the time of great writing, creative thinking and also the height of philosophical thinking through the likes of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
One of the important sacred objects you’ll come across is the Omphalos or navel stone. As the legend goes, when Zeus released two eagles from opposite ends of the world, their paths crossed in the sky above Delphi, thus establishing the position as the centre of the earth. The navel stone was believed to have marked this crossing point.
Delphi was renowned as the dwelling place of Apollo as well as being famous for the Oracle of Delphi. Greeks during ancient times would come to Delphi to consult the Oracle about the future and what course of action to take on any personal or public matter.
Through the Oracle, worshippers could receive the guidance of the God Apollo which is delivered through a priestess or Pythia. Two important pieces of advice to human kind were ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Nothing to Excess’. Although you can interpret these words in any which way you choose, they are really quite relevant in everyday living today.
So, our search for knowledge and advice begins at the Delphi Museum…