Knowing when to Consult the Oracle at Delphi

Boutsikas, Efrosyni and Salt, Alun (2005) Knowing when to Consult the Oracle at Delphi. Antiquity, 79 (305). pp. 564-572. ISSN 1745-1744. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The cities of Greece had their own calendars, so how did they all know when the god Apollo had returned from the northern realms and it was time to consult the oracle at Delphi? The authors show that the heliacal rising of the constellation Delphinus probably provided the annual marker, and that because of the mountains it appeared to rise a month later at Delphi than elsewhere, giving would-be visitors time to travel. The landscape of Delphi was itself instrumental in creating or enhancing the cosmology of Apollo.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Efrosyni Boutsikas
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2016 10:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41878 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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