Oracle at Delphi
By Elizabeth Coughenour and Sydney Radford
How the Oracle was created
Apollo was a god of many things. One of his many powers included being able to see the future sometimes. Apollo would get many questions from people wanting to know their future. This wore Apollo out and he decided he was going to create an assistant, an oracle. An oracle is someone in ancient Greece who could tell the future. Apollo wanted to create someone himself yet he didn't want to take the fun put of it. " He would use his magic to allow her to truly see the future. Apollo's rules stated that she had to tell the truth, but she could not be too specific. That would allow the possibility of misunderstanding (Donn)."
The Oracle and the King
Many people came to ask the oracle a question. A king came one day and asked the oracle if he would win the battle. She replied, " a great king will win the battle." He was very excited and left many gifts for the oracle behind. When he led his men to battle, they lost and the king was killed. People still came to Apollo's oracle. They knew the truth was told, and the king had not listened (Donn).
The Delphi was an ancient Greek religious sanctuary for the god Apollo (Cartwright). This was the home of the oracle. This temple also held the Pythian Games (Cartwright). "The ancient Greeks believed that Delphi was the center of the world and the oracle was foretold the future of kings and common people (Sandals).""For in Greek mythology Zeus released two eagles, one to the east and another to the west, and Delphi was the point at which they meet after encircling the world (Cartwright)." The original name of this temple was Pytho which was named after a snake which was believed to been killed by Apollo there (Cartwright).
The Mystery of the Delphi Oracle