Delphi – Ancient Sites   

$42.00 $31.50

2 in stock

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Delphi – Ancient Sites, Gold Necklace

Delphi was an ancient Greek town near the Gulf of Corinth at Mount Parnassus and sacred centre for pilgrimage. It boasted, the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, the Castalian Spring, theatre, stadium, gymnasium, treasuries and the Temple of Apollo, where the Oracle gave her prophesies. Pythia was name given to high priestess of the Temple of Apollo, who gave answers in the form of riddles. The oracle channelled the God Apollo (sun god) by inducing a trancelike state by inhaling vapours (possibly the smoke of laurel leaves). Her answers could create anything from happiness to war, the oracle was famed the world over. This town was very wealthy; king Croesus of Lydia gifted precious gold statues of Apollo and a Lion to the temple. Gold and other symbolic jewellery were worn by Greek woman and visiting pilgrims; Theia was the goddess of gold, silver, gems, vision and brilliance. In myth Delphi was considered the centre of the world by Zeus and that possibly contributed to its development. Archaeologists believe the site was first settled in the Bronze Age by the Mycenaean’s (1500BCE) and continued to be developed until Theodosius decreed all pagan sanctuaries be closed. The site was rediscovered in 1880 by a team of French archaeologists.

Length:  44.5 cm. Painted porcelain, glass, stone and ceramic beads.

Ancient Realms, designed/handcrafted porcelain made in Australia by Sharon Bush, B.A. History/Ancient History U.N.E.

 

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