Have You Been to Delphi?: Tales of the Ancient Oracle for Modern Minds

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SUNY Press, 11 jan. 2001 - 308 pagina's
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This book of tales of the ancient Oracle at Delphi, freshly interpreted from ancient literature, restores a lost wisdom tradition. This tradition is conveyed not through philosophical or religious exposition but through story, ranging from the grandeur of myth to charming anecdotes and dark riddles. At the Delphic temple of Apollo, for nearly a thousand years, a priestess in trance listened to the urgent inquiries of questioners from all parts of the ancient world and responded on behalf of the god. From this sacred conversation there resulted both a set of enduring values and a collection of tales that relate the encounter with the divine and its consequences in the lives of questioners. In addition to a generous selection of these wisdom tales, the book also contains chapters on the priestess and ancient concepts of trance mediumship; on the Delphic commandment, "Know thyself"; and on the still-surviving Chief State Oracle of Tibet, which offers a living parallel to the ancient Delphic oracle.
 

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Lipsey has written a curious book about one of the most important cultural phenomena of the ancient world: the oracle of Apollo at his temple in Delphi. Neither quite a history of the oracle nor quite ... Volledige review lezen

Have you been to Delphi?: tales of the ancient oracle for modern minds

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Lipsey has written a curious book about one of the most important cultural phenomena of the ancient world: the oracle of Apollo at his temple in Delphi. Neither quite a history of the oracle nor quite ... Volledige review lezen

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Introduction A Bowl of Myths and Stories
1
A Code for Questioners
19
Challenging Men to Gentleness Apollo
39
Unfolded Into Light Through a Woman The Pythia
51
Socrates Impoverished and Enriched
87
Croesus King of Lydia A Tale from the Age of Belief
95
A Chapter of Tales
113
Tales Mostly of War
133
One Golden Celery Plant A Delphic Audit
185
Hasten Teiresias Believe
197
Know Thyself
229
Afterword
259
Notes
277
Bibliographic Overview
297
Index
299
Copyright

The Sybarites Question Tales of Wisdom and Wrongdoing
163

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Over de auteur (2001)

Roger Lipsey is the author of An Art of Our Own: The Spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art; Daedalus: Studies in Honor of the Birth of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; Coomaraswamy: Life and Writings; and editor of Coomaraswamy: Selected Papers.

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