“Servant of the Delphian Apollo Go to the Castallian Spring Wash in its silvery eddies, And return cleansed to the temple. Guard your lips from offence To those who ask for oracles. Let the God’s answer come Pure from all private fault”
“KNOW THYSELF” - one of the most influential aphorisms from the Oracle of Delphi. this mosaic is inscribed into the pronaos of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.
the temple itself is carved from Pythos, the stone that Rhea had tricked Conus into swallowing instead of his own son, Zeus. when Zeus forced Cronus to regurgitate his siblings that had been gobbled up prior to his birth (Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon), the stone Pythos joined them. Zeus then hurled this stone into the distant horizon.
where it landed became the sacred place we know as the Temple of Apollo, also referred to as “The Navel of the World.” this is where the priestess would take Oracle in a cave, seated upon a three pronged stool, chewing a switch of intoxicating laurel, breathing in the noxious fumes coming from a cleft in the earth below her, where the body of Python slain by Apollo lay decomposing.
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO SAY. THIS IS ONLY A VERY SMALL BIT OF MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRIESTESS AND HER MYSTICAL POWERS AND THE STORY THAT SURROUNDS THE ORACLE. i just can’t get enough!!!!!!!
Dark feminine, Inner mystery, She’s an oracle, someone that is apart from everyone else, someone who dares to look beyond the veil, the keeper of secrets and inner wisdom. She’s brave; most people don’t want to look beyond the conscious level or delve into the darkness but she does. She’s aloof and powerful and a little scary. Someone that others come to only if they can’t find answers elsewhere. There’s a sort of remote sexiness to a woman who has dedicated her life to knowing and discovering inner mysteries (I’m thinking of the Priestesses of Avalon or Delphi here). She’s alone and doesn’t mind that. She’s inward looking, still, reflective. Her element is Water so she’s deep, reflective, powerful and also dangerous.
- Bay Leaves are extremely useful in divination, clairvoyance, and inducing visions. They are useful in other metaphysical skills too; protection from psychic attacks, boosting general magic, and aiding psychic development. Bay leaves are used in clairvoyance and wisdom brews. Leaves placed under the pillow or used in dream work will bring prophetic dreams.
- Bay Laurel is associated with Apollo. When the nymph Daphne tried to avoid him she turned into the first laurel tree, which Apollo adopted as his sacred tree. The leaves were also chewed and burned by Apollo’s prophetic priestesses at Delphi, which ties in to its uses in divination.
- Bay is used for its properties of purification and protection. It is used in consecrating things, dispelling negative entities and energies, spell breaking, and protection against negative magic. When placed in the corners of a home it will protect all who dwell there, and it can be burned to achieve the same effect.
- Bay is excellent when put to use in wish magic or other things regarding bringing about ambitions and goals. Write a wish on a bay leaf and burn it to achieve your goal, use them in spells and charms to bring prosperity, luck, success, and abundance, and use bay to bring about healing and transformation.
- Bay can also be used for: love, passion, harmony, inspiration, wisdom, justice, memory, release, strength, fertility, victory, and employment.
- Bay oil can be used to treat arthritic pains, lower back pain, earaches, sore muscles, and sprains.
- The leaves can be used in cooking, taken in tea, used in herbal baths, and infused in oil.
- WARNING: the oil should never be used by women who are pregnant, should never be taken internally, and you must dilute the oil and use it in small amounts when applied to the skin.
Pythia, also known as the Oracle of Delphi, was the name of any priestess at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus ( thought to be around 1400 BC).
The Pythia was widely credited for her prophecies inspired by Apollo. It is said that she predicted the Trojan War (The Delphic Sibyl).
The usual theory has been that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests interpreted as the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature.
To prepare for prophesying, the Oracle of Delphi would bathe in a spring of Castalia for cleansing. Then, she would drink from another stream. After that, to see if the Pythia was ready to foresee the future and accept Apollo’s powers, a priest would pour ice water over a goat. If the goat was to shake from being cold, then Apollo was present and had invested powers in her. If the water didn’t phase the goat at all, that meant the Oracle was not ready. Lastly, the Oracle of Delphi would inhale the gas emitting from the chasm near the temple, and after a frenzy, she was ready to give seekers their prophecies.
It is now believed that the vapours were hallucinogenic gases, while others say the hallucinations come from snake bites, or by burning bay leaves.. However, other scholars challenge this theory and state that the ancient sources show the Pythia speaking intelligibly, and giving prophecies in her own voice.
From a late myth that deviates from much older ones, when young, Apollo killed the chthonic serpent Python, named Pythia in older myths, but according to some later accounts his wife, Pythia, who lived beside the Castalian Spring, according to some because Python had attempted to rape Leto while she was pregnant with Apollo and Artemis. The bodies of the pair were draped around his Rod, which, with the wings created the caduceus symbolic of the god. This spring flowed toward the temple but disappeared beneath, creating a cleft which emitted vapours that caused the Oracle at Delphi to give her prophecies.
It is reputed that the last prophecy the Oracle gave predicted it would be her final one. A Roman emperor wanted to revive classic Greek culture. He went to the Pythia and she said: “Tell to the king that the cavern wall is fallen in decay; Apollo has no chapel left, no prophesying bay, No talking stream. The stream is dry that had so much to say.” That prophecy could be interpreted as a sign that Apollo has died and the time for reviving Greek culture is over.
Another prophecy from the Oracle of Delphi was given in 594 BC, to an Athenian lawgiver; Solon. Solon wanted to capture the island of Salamis and so he asked the Pythia for her advice. She said: “First sacrifice to the warriors who once had their home in this island, Whom now the rolling plain of fair Asopia covers, Laid in the tombs of heroes with their faces turned to the sunset.” Following the advice of the Oracle, Solon was able to claim the islandof Salamis, and gave much credit to the Oracle for her fulfilling advice.
The Oracle also told the Athenians that a wall of wood could protect them. They followed her advice, winning that battle, but it was hopeless for the Spartans. The Pythia told the Spartans before the battle of Thermopylae (in the words of Herodotus): “Hear your fate, O dwellers in Sparta of the wide spaces; Either your famed, great town must be sacked by Perseus’ sons, Or, if that be not, the whole land of Lacedaemon Shall mourn the death of a king of the house of Heracles, For not the strength of lions or of bulls shall hold him, Strength against strength; for he has the power of Zeus, And will not be checked until one of these two he has consumed.” Every last Spartan who fought in the battle that the Oracle foresaw as doomed died, making even the most skeptic of people become believers of the Pythia’s powers.
Do you think Regulus might have inherited any of his mother's abilities?
Good question, I actually don’t know. In the gaiden, we
hardly know much about Arkhes or her powers. All we know that she is a Pythia
(a priestess at the temple of Delphi or Oracle of Delphi). We know that they
are spokesmen of the gods and nature and that they can predict the future
(their prediction has a great influence on the issue of the Holy War but that
doesn’t mean they can fully predict it as Pope Sage said). In mythology, they
were known to be most powerful, prestigious and authoritative amongst the
Greeks. That is all we know about Pythias and Arkhes. (I mean it would be cool
if we get to know more about them but they are only minor characters so it made
sense that we know so little) So we know for a fact that Arkhes can predict the
future by channelling the prophecies and seeing the future from Apollo himself
(that is probably why the Pope called them spokesmen of gods). Arkhes was also a spokesman of nature. Pythias were known to
be the first servants of Gaia (mother earth goddess) before Apollo took Delphos
for himself. Therefore, the Pythias would have a connection with the Earth and
its spirits. Maybe it was Arkhes who was
the one who taught Illias how to speak to the nature (now it is my headcannon
for that~) Also when Arkhes appeared, she gave off the same mysterious and wise
aura like Asmita and Illias, feeling things that one could not see (the
weirdest translation I read lol).
So did Regulus inherited any of his mother’s abilities?
Well if you are talking about her powers to predict the future, then no he
didn’t. If Regulus could predict the future, wowee, Athena would have such an
advantage. (I mean I know they said nobody could predict the outcome of the
Holy War but if Regulus could just predict the little events in the Holy War
that could all add up, and also including the knowledge from the manuscripts
from the Pythia, lol Athena would have a advantage. Hades would be pissed.) But
yeah, he did not inherited that ability from his mother.
Interesting theory that is wrong anyway lol because I am very
certain that this is not what the author was thinking of and also I am sure I
missed some important things that would disagree with this but hey it is
interesting to think anyway:
Arkhes is a pythia so she has the ability to channel the
power of a god. (kinda like a prophet (I mean Pythia in mythology and how they
could predict the future is similar to one plus prophet are also known to be
spokesman of god too), it could be from telling people what god want to say,
telling a prophecy or even granting miracles like Moses did). It is also
interesting that the Pope called the Pythia the spokesmen of gods not the
spokesmen (or spokeswomen lol) of Apollo. In mythology, Pythia can only channel
Apollo. However, we all know that Saint Seiya does not follow mythology
completely but is inspired by mythology. Lets go back to Pythia. Pythia are all
woman who are trained to channel the prophecies of Apollo. However, what if
there are others like them but not Pythia that have similar abilities but are
not chosen to be Pythia for different reasons (like they are not a woman or
they simply don’t want to or maybe their talent isn’t strong enough, so many
reasons). Now what does this all have to do with Regulus? From the last chapter
of the Leo gaiden, when Regulus was fighting against Balor, Regulus performed
Lightning Plasma with the help of spirits of course. However, during the
attack, Balor immediately saw the attack/light divided into five rays that
formed into a spear, Broniac, the weapon Lugh used to destroy him. Not only
that, we all know lighting plasma is cosmos released in a series of small electric light beams not five light
rays. So what if Regulus was unconsciously channelling Lugh’s power to his own attack
to defeat Balor. How did he do it? We all know the god must be willing to
communicate or give his or her power to the person channelling it. In the
gaiden, both Connor and Regulus had a strong desire to protect each other.
Connor was praying for the spirits to help Regulus and Regulus determination to
protect Connor is what awoke Lugh as he heard their prayers/wishes and wishes
to help them. Since Lugh was not physically there since he was now only a
spirit, he had to channel his powers to help his descendant. So he channelled
his power through Regulus. Now we know people like pythia take years of
practice to channelled a god’s power and that is something Regulus does not
have. But his body is very adaptable to powerful cosmos (I mean have you seen
the last battle against Rhadamanthys, all that attacks he did require a humongous
cosmos (which make me think Pythias were known to be powerful woman (possibly
because they could handle and channel a god’s power)) Lugh is a spirit and is not physically there
but despite that, Regulus channel Lugh’s power. In addition, Apollo is the god of sun and Lugh is the god of
light. Interesting how sun and light are very similar. So maybe that also help
Regulus channeled Lugh’s power a lot. Anyway maybe due to Connor’s
prayers and also powers (like she was unconsciously using them to help Regulus
better channel Lugh’s powers too), he channeled Lugh’s power and defeated
Also I bet you are wondering yeah but almost anyone can
channel the god’s power. Yes because of circumstances. There were people who
could channel the god’s power through objects like the seals that had Athena’s
blood, the sword that had her blood, the flower bracelet and others. Also there
were other times when the god was physically there and giving the power to the
person. But pythia can channel Apollo’s powers without Apollo being there
physically. And yes I remember that one scene when Athena was helping and
giving Tenma power by being spiritually there but that happen in the anime and
not the manga. Since the gaiden is part of the manga, I would be following the
manga only which is created by the author. Besides, even if I did decide to
follow it, Tenma is the Pegasus saint and we all know how strong the bond
between the Pegasus saint and Athena is so I am not surprised anyway.
Oh and as for if
so would Regulus be able to predict the future? Well, first he have zero
knowledge on the ritual or practices. Second of all, I bet Apollo would take
one look at Regulus and be like yeah no I am not going to tell an immature,
idiot brat like this boy the future. Lol, I am sure he would have preferred
Arkhes (I mean she is a pythia) or Illias (if he had the ability) I am sure he
would prefer wise mysterious people. Asmita too lol but he doesn’t have that
ability. Regulus, nah too immature for him lol.
End of theory and back to the real answer to your
Or as I said earlier, maybe Regulus didn’t inherited that
part of her power. Maybe it wasn’t Regulus at all but it was all Connor. She is
the descendant of Lugh, a priestess in practice and is very important (since
Balor wants her blood to return to full power). So it could be her prayers and
strong wishes that help Regulus become stronger and when he perform lightning
plasma he also perform Broniac. It is very obvious that the author meant it
that way. That with Connor’s prayers and wishes, she helped Regulus defeated
Balor. But the idea of the part earlier is interesting in my opinion. So if you
are wondering cannon wise, then no Regulus won’t inherited that ability from
her mother. But that is ok, Connor helping Regulus defeated Balor, I think that
is super cool.
Now the ability to speak to the nature is pretty much the
ability to speak to the spirits just like Illias was doing and of course Arkhes
can too. Regulus learned that ability during his first mission in Ireland.
One can learn how to speak to nature (like how Arkhes would teach Illias
how to speak to the Earth) while some are just talented in it. Now it is
interesting that Regulus learned it very quickly even
though he didn’t have any understanding about it earlier. So he
inherited the talent/ability from his mother. (I mean I know he is a prodigy
and all but to be a genius, you gotta understand what you are observing and
analyzing, Regulus didn’t understand it until much later when he actually see
the spirits, then he understood). Since his mother has a connection to the
Earth spirits, it would make sense if Regulus would have the same connection
that allows him to see the spirit so quickly. But this could be another theory
since I don’t think the author
had thought of that too.
Maybe a theory too, ok definitely just another theory:
Last but not least, this is not certain but as I said
earlier in my theory, Pythia were known to be powerful woman (in mythology)
because they can predict the future but maybe just maybe because their bodies
can handle a god’s power to channel it. In mythology or history, everyday,
pythia were so tired because the rituals were very exhausting and it was known
to have a physical effect on health of the Pythia. In fact due to all of this,
Pythia were known to die earlier than most women. (I mean if you think about
it, these rituals were supposed to help the Pythia channel Apollo’s powers so
they would be so tired from handling his huge cosmos. Plus normal people would
died doing that everyday but Pythia were very resistant). Regulus (or his body)
might have inherited the ability to handle such strong cosmos just like in his
final battle against Rhadamanthys, his body was able to handle all that cosmos
from his attacks before his body reached a limit. (I mean seriously, one there
is no way he could do all of those attacks in a row one after another cause
they are so powerful and require so much cosmos and second yeah his body should
have reached a limit which it did much much later) So maybe it was because of
End of another theory and back to the real answer to your
wise…I doubt that author thought that far. She hadn’t even created Arkhes and
lol I doubt she was thinking of that when she had Regulus did all of that
attacks against Rhadamanthys.
In the end, idk I feel like some of the theories (even
though not cannon wise) explain a few things and are interesting. But I have to
think about it some more, who knows, maybe I would include them into my
headcannons! That would be fun. What do
you think? Let me know your thoughts and opinions if anyone even see this
answer which I doubt anyone would…. T.T
Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies is called automatonophobia. It also includes fear of wax dummies or animatronic creatures.
History of Ventriloquism
Originally, ventriloquism was a religious practice. The name comes from the Latin for to speak from the stomach, i.e. venter (belly) and loqui (speak).The Greeks called this gastromancy (Greek: εγγαστριμυθία). The noises produced by the stomach were thought to be the voices of the unliving, who took up residence in the stomach of the ventriloquist. The ventriloquist would then interpret the sounds, as they were thought to be able to speak to the dead, as well as foretell the future. One of the earliest recorded group of prophets to utilise this technique was the Pythia, the priestess at the temple of Apollo in Delphi, who acted as the conduit for the Delphic Oracle.
In the First Book of Samuel in the Hebrew Bible, King Saul (who lived in the middle of the 11th century BCE) seeks advice about a coming battle from the Witch of Endor, who supposedly summons a spirit. The Hebrew text can be translated as a voice speaking from a jug, or wineskin, typically ventriloquism. One of the most successful early gastromancers was Eurykles, a prophet at Athens; gastromancers came to be referred to as Euryklides in his honour. The New Testament (Acts 16:16-18) relates the story of a girl who had a “spirit of Python” (ἔχουσαν πνεῦμα πύθωνα) and followed Paul and his companions around the city of Thyatrira, crying out after them.
In the Middle Ages, it was thought to be similar to witchcraft. As Spiritualism led to stage magic and escapology, so ventriloquism became more of a performance art as, starting around the 19th century, it shed its mystical trappings. Other parts of the world also have a tradition of ventriloquism for ritual or religious purposes; historically there have been adepts of this practice among the Zulu, Inuit, and Maori peoples.
Emergence of ventriloquism as entertainment
The shift from ventriloquism as manifestation of spiritual forces toward ventriloquism as entertainment happened in the eighteenth century at the travelling fairs and market towns. The earliest recorded ventriloquists date back to as early as 1753 in England, where Sir John Parnell is depicted in an engraving of William Hogarth as speaking via his hand. In 1757, the Austrian Baron de Mengen implemented a small doll into his performance.
By the late 18th century, ventriloquist performances were an established form of entertainment in England, although most performers threw their voice to make it appeared that it emanated from far away, rather than the modern method of using a puppet. A well known ventriloquist of the period, Joseph Askins, who performed at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London in the 1790s advertised his act as “curious ad libitum Dialogues between himself and his invisible familiar, Little Tommy”. However, other performers were beginning to incorporate dolls or puppets into their performance, notably the Irishman James Burne who “… carries in his pocket, an ill-shaped doll, with a broad face, which he exhibits … as giving utterance to his own childish jargon,” and Thomas Garbutt.
The entertainment came of age during the era of the music hall in the United Kingdom and vaudeville in the United States. George Sutton began to incorporate a puppet act into his routine at Nottingham in the 1830s, but it is Fred Russell who is regarded as the father of modern ventriloquism. In 1886, he was offered a professional engagement at the Palace Theatre in London and took up his stage career permanently. His act, based on the cheeky-boy dummy “Coster Joe” that would sit in his lap and ‘engage in a dialogue’ with him was highly influential for the entertainment format and was adopted by the next generation of performers. (A blue plaque has been embedded in a former residence of Russell by the British Heritage Society which reads 'Fred Russell the father of ventriloquism lived here’).
Fred Russell’s successful comedy team format was applied by the next generation of ventriloquists. It was taken forward by the British Arthur Prince with his dummy Sailor Jim, who became one of the highest paid entertainers on the music hall circuit, and by the Americans The Great Lester who used only figure, Frank Byron, Jr., and Edgar Bergen. Bergen popularised the idea of the comedic ventriloquist. Bergen, together with his favourite figure, Charlie McCarthy, hosted a radio program that was broadcast from 1937 to 1956. It was the #1 program on the nights it aired. Bergen continued performing until his death in 1978, and his popularity inspired many other famous ventriloquists who followed him, including Paul Winchell, Jimmy Nelson, David Strassman, Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator, Shari Lewis, Willie Tyler and Jay Johnson. Another ventriloquist popular in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s was Señor Wences.
The art of ventriloquism was popularised by Y. K. Padhye in North India and Mr M M Roy in South India, who are believed to be the pioneers of this field in India. Mr Y K Padhye’s son Ramdas Padhye took from him and made the art popular amongst the masses through his performance on television. His son Satyajit Padhye continues to carry on the legacy of his grandfather. Similarly, Mr Venky Monkey, Mr Mimicry Srinivos and Mr Shanthakumar, the students of Mr M M Roy, popularize this art by giving shows in India and abroad.
Ventriloquism’s popularity waned for a while, probably because of modern media’s electronic ability to convey the illusion of voice, the natural special effect that is the heart of ventriloquism. A number of modern ventriloquists have developed a following as the public taste for live comedy grows. In 2001, Angelique Monét performed on Theater Rowher one-woman off-Broadway show Multiple Me(Written by Edgar Chisholm) where she portrayed several personalities using multiple dummies to display the shifts. In 2007, Zillah & Totte won the first season of Sweden’s Got Talent and became one of Sweden’s most popular family/children entertainers.
The myth of Danaides is the story of fifty women who committed a horrible act: guided by their father, they all killed their husbands on their wedding night! This great massacre was unbelievable, even for the bloody ancient Greek myths. It was a crime that both people and gods would punish. Indeed, the Danaides were punished for this after their death with a horrible and eternal torment.
The story of Pygmalion and Galatea is quite known and popular till nowadays. Pygmalion, a famous sculptor, falls in love with his own creation and wishes to give this creation life. This simple and imaginary concept is actually the basis from a psychological understanding of male behaviour and wish. This nice myth is considered as the depiction of the masculine need to rule over a certain woman and to inanimate his ideas into a female living creature. The modern concept of Pygmalion is thought as a man who "shapes" an uncultivated woman into an educated creature.
Theseus, the son of King Aegus, volunteered to come and kill the Minotaur. Ariadne fell in love at first sight, and helped him by giving him a sword and a ball of thread, so that he could find his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth.
The myth of Prometheus holds a special place in Greek mythology. This son of a Titan was regarded as a great benefactor of humankind, the bringer of fire and the original teacher of technology and useful arts to the mankind. The great love he had for humans would often bring Prometheus into a dangerous conflict with Zeus. In fact, it was Zeus who punished Prometheus into eternal torture for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to the people.
The myth of King Midas is a myth about the tragedy of avarice and narrates what happens when true happiness is not recognized. Midas wished that everything he touched would turn into gold. However, he had not thought that this wish was not actually a blessing, but a curse. The phrase “the Midas touch” comes from this myth and is used to say that somebody has a good fortune.
The myth of Persephone, the sweet daughter of Greek goddess Demeter who was kidnapped by Hades and later became the Queen of the Underworld, is known all over the world. This is actually the myth of the ancient Greeks to explain the change of the seasons, the eternal cycle of nature's death and rebirth. Persephone is understood as a naïve little girl who flows between the protection of the mother and the love of her husband
The story of Aphrodite and Adonis. Aphrodite falls in love with a mortal. The mortal did not requit this love and Aphrodite tried her best to persuade him to love her, but he insisted that he would rather dedicate himself to hunting. He died one day while hunting. Aphrodite grew a flower out of his blood as a symbol of her lost love.
The story of Sisyphus. He cheated death, not once, but twice. As punishment he was made to roll a rock up to the top of a bottom only to have it roll back down afterwards, for he rest of eternity
Arachne, her name meaning spider in Greek, was a beautiful woman that had a great talent in weaving. Everyone was amazed at her work and one day, Arachne boosted that she had a greater talent than goddess Athena herself. This was an offense towards the gods, which was a very serious and even deadly sin for the ancient Greeks. That is why goddess Athena transformed her into a spider to wave for all her life long.
The story of Tantalus. Tantalus was highly esteemed by the gods and was invited to Mount Olympus to dine with the gods. He stole ambrosia, and was in turn made to stand in a lake, with a fruit tree above him. If he reached for the lake the water would recede, and if he reached for the fruit the tree would grow. He was made to starve for eternity.
The myth of Apollo and Daphne.This charming myth talks about the platonic love of god Apollo for the beautiful nymph Daphne. It is said that Daphne was the first love of Apollo but unfortunately the girl never responded to his love. She prayed to be turned into a tree, so that god could not seduce her. Indeed, she was turned into a laurel tree. Since then, Apollo didn't forget his lost love and made laurel his sacred plant. Note that Pythia, the priestess in the oracle of Delphi, was chewing leaves of laurel to communicate with Apollo and give her prophesies.
The myth of Pandora dates back to the first centuries of humanity, just after the Titanomachy, the Great War between the Titans and the Olympians. It is the story of a woman who opened the box where all the evils of the world were kept inside and thus she released every mischief for humans.
(Greek: Πυθία), commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi, was the name of any priestess throughout the history of Temple of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, beneath the Castalian Spring (the new priestess was selected after the death of the current priestess). The Pythia was widely credited for her prophecies inspired by Apollo. The Delphic oracle was established in the 8th century BC, although it may have been present in some form in Late Mycenaean times, from 1400 BC and was abandoned, and there is evidence that Apollo took over the shrine from an earlier dedication to Gaia. The last recorded response was given about 395 A.D. to Emperor Theodosius I, after he had ordered pagan temples to cease operation.
During this period the Delphic Oracle was the most prestigious and authoritative oracle among the Greeks. The oracle is one of the best-documented religious institutions of the classical Greeks. Authors who mention the oracle include Aeschylus, Aristotle, Clement of Alexandria, Diodorus, Diogenes, Euripides, Herodotus, Julian, Justin, Livy, Lucan, Ovid, Pausanias, Pindar, Plato, Plutarch, Sophocles, Strabo, Thucydides and Xenophon.
The name “Pythia” derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi. The Greeks derived this place name from the verb, pythein (πύθειν, “to rot”), which refers to the decomposition of the body of the monstrous Python after he was slain by Apollo. The usual theory has been that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests interpreted as the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature. Read More | Edit