Delphi

BY CARTER QUIET

Where is Delphi?

Delphi is a beautiful town in Greece with stunning views of nature at its best. You got Mount Parnassus piercing the clouds above. The Valley of Phocis, sweeping in between mountain ranges. No wonder this is tourist attraction, but tourists don't come to Delphi for the views, or nature.

Delphi Sanctuary

The Oracle at Delphi is a one of the most important archeological sites in Greece. Late in the Bronze Age of Greece, Delphi was a very sacred and spiritual place for people to go. At a time, it was considered the center of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus, from the ends of the universe, to find the navel of the world met. Delphi was said to be the next closest place to the gods after Mount Olympus.

Apollo and the Python

The Python was an evil snake which dwelled in Delphi. It was summoned by Hera, wife of Zeus, to devour the pregnant lover of Zeus named Leto. Fortunately, she had enough time to settle and give birth to a very important child. This child was named Apollo, and by the time he was 4 years old, he was already stronger than the strongest human on earth. He was given silver arrows by the blacksmith Hephaestus, and set of to kill the giant serpent. He entered the python's cave and found the evil snake. The snake lunged at Apollo but Apollo shot an arrow in the serpent's mouth and killed it. Apollo built the oracle of Delphi where the snake's cave sat.

The Oracle

One day, a shepherd found his goats in a cave near the sanctuary of Delphi. The goats were near a chasm, which fowl fumes arose from. Then, he took his goats home. His goats were acting crazy ever since they inhaled the fumes from the chasm, so he went back to the chasm and breathed in the fumes himself. He noticed he could see what the gods were thinking and he could see the future. Many people sucked in the fumes and could had the same affects. But they thought that they should have only one prophet, so they chose a woman to do it. People would go to her, and ask for advice or to know what the gods were saying.