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The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets Paperback – January 30, 2007
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It is said that when Apollo visited the inner chambers of Delphi that visitors nearby would sense the lingering aromas of his distinctive, unearthly perfume! It is this sort of memorable detail that makes Broad's writing so delightful. It almost had me believing in gods, a feeling I haven't had since I was small watching Harry Hamlin and Lawrence Olivier duke it out in Harryhausen's CLASH OF THE TITANS. I eat this stuff up, but as I say, this book makes the stone carved figures of Mount Olympus come alive in a very real way. They might almost be flesh and blood.
Broad also excels at explaining how politics have obscured and occluded the progress of scientific analysis at least since the romantic age of Byron and Shelley. When the West became involved in Grecian affairs, it was almost always with the idea of empire in mind, thus for example the Elgin Marbles being carted off to London like so many trophies of war. But on the other hand some serious scholars with admittedly sketchy and unrpoven theories about the rise and fall of the Oracle were on the brink of a major discovery, if only they could surmount the bureaucracy of the stubborn French controllers of research.
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Such an interesting and engaging read. I was sad when it ended. Love this book!Published 5 months ago by Kristi Sandeno
I have always been interested in Delphi and other Temples where oracles were used to tell the future. So many mistakes were made by listening to these "seers. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anthony D.
Unbelievable source ! Great reading too! William Broad has an astonishing bit of history here. Far exceeds my expectations with depth and color as well as scholarship in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by James Boyd
William J. Broad’s visionary account of the Oracle of Delphi challenged and reset the wrongful preprograming of the human species into a patriarchal society when entering into the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was more science than I expected. I was to hard to follow and I lost interestPublished 20 months ago by Robin Magill
This tight chronological tale brings out the excitement of discovery from the collaboration of four scientists in the restoration of the reputation of the Pythias of Delphi. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Emily Jackson