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  1. Have You Been to Delphi?: Tales of the Ancient Oracle for Modern Minds (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions) (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions)
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  2. Have You Been to Delphi?: Tales of the Ancient Oracle for Modern Minds (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions) (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions)

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A fascinating collection of tales and lore from the ancient Oracle at Delphi, this book provides both a collection of good stories and finds spiritual enlightenment weaved throughout these diverse offerings.

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Lipsey's book gathers together tales and anecdotes of the people who consulted the Oracle at Delphi. He attempts to draw spiritual wisdom from these tales for modern man. His approach is more philosophical than historical or scholarly which makes for a more interesting read than "Classical Athens And The Delphic Oracle" by Hugh Bowden. Throughout the book he makes a distinction between the Delphi of the mind and the Delphi of fact. Every tale is followed by the author's illuminating commentary.

The book delves into such matters as the ambiguity of the oracle's answers. When an answer was particularly cryptic it would be the responsibility of the inquirer to "complete the oracle" by reflecting upon its message and coming to the correct interpretation. There were attempts to bribe the oracle which could lead to a cruel fate. A chapter is devoted to the trial of Socrates who invoked Delphi in his defense. Socrates claimed his philosophical quest to humiliate the wise was a... Read more
The oracle of Delphi,is all about the pythia or oracle at Delphi.
It describes what Socrates,Plato,Aristoteles,
Demistones and many other intellectuals,how and what the oracle wrote and predicted.
The Oracle sat on a tripod in the inner sanctum of the temple.
The riddles are very interesting in analizing them.There are many stories about the warriors of Sparta.Many remains have been excavated in Delphi at the Temple,however of all the writings only one has survived.
"Know Thyself".
By knowing thyself we go into depth of what who and how we are as a person.
I feel that if you believe in these things,reading the oracle's response is a vey insight of the inner person that we are.
My feeling about the response of the pythia is that she was in a trance caused by sulfur fumes caused by a sysmic fault.The answers were given to her by the intellectuals and priests that were at the Temple.
Plato was one of them.
Beautifully-written book, full of superb information. Highly recommended!
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