Delphic oracle


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Delphic oracle

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(Classical Myth & Legend) the oracle of Apollo at Delphi that gave answers held by the ancient Greeks to be of great authority but also noted for their ambiguity.
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Noun1.Delphic oracle - (Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought adviceDelphic oracle - (Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Delphi - an ancient Greek city on the slopes of Mount Parnassus; site of the oracle of Delphi
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For the most part, these are as gnomic as a Delphic oracle and bear no apparent relation to the themes of the fragmented films, so to give them much interpretative force would be reckless.
Perhaps the most important of these international, Panhellenic counterbalances to polis-bound insularity was the Delphic oracle. At the individual and state level, Greeks came to Delphi in order to consult the Pythia, priestess of the god Apollo, on matters ranging from personal health to declarations of war or the sending out of colonies.
Out of respect for Buckley I suggested we go and ask the Delphic oracle situated nearby.
The book is organized chronologically, from the beginnings of the Delphic oracle to the decline of Delphi as a cultural and religious center.
He was seen as the god of light and the sun, of truth and prophecy (hence he acted as patron of the Delphic Oracle), and of both healing and disease.
The first diviner to occupy the Delphic Oracle was the mother of the gods, Gaia, who was guarded by the legendary Pythia.
The long catalogue of public duties that the Queen discharges in England, of the Republic in France, and the GovernorGeneral in Canada, is 's responsibility in this country, and the catalogue is even longer because he is not a king, or even the agent of one, and is therefore expected to go through some rather undignified paces by a people who think of him as a combination of scoutmaster, Delphic oracle, hero of the silver screen, and father of the multitudes."
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His attempt to refute the Delphic oracle's famous assertion springs from a fundamental trust in the veracity of the god: "In brief, Socrates makes it clear that the Delphic oracle arouses, authorizes, and focuses his desire for wisdom, and that it is able to do so only because he is prepared from the outset to acknowledge the god's authority as a speaker of truth" (p.
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