If you want to see a movie of the oracle (you need realaudio) click here: 28k8, ISDN.
Delphi was a famous city in Ancient Greece. If Senators in Athens
wanted to know a thing, they went to the Oracle of Delphi. First
they came by the treasuries houses. They paid Apollo there money
for this money the senator could ask the priests of Delphi
something. And the priests went to the pythia, the highest priest
of Apollo. The pythia asked the rocks the question and out of the
rocks there came all sorts of smook. This was the awser. The Pythia
translated this and the priests told the senator the awser. The
awser was never clear. For example: A Athenian woman went to the
Oracle and asked: 'Will my son die in the war?' The awser was:'
Your son dies not will he come back' (You can say:' Your son dies,
not will he come back' or 'Your son dies not, will he come back')
But in the persian war, Pericles went to the Oracle and asked:'How
can we defend ourselves against the Persians.' The awser was:'Built
wooden walls.' And Pericles thought, why would I built wooden walls
instead of stone walls. And after some time he realized it: Wooden
walls were ships. The Oracle was abandonned in 376 AD thought
Emperor Hadrianus of the Roman Empire, because the Oracle was for
the Ancient Greek Gods and the Roman Empire believed in the Bible.
A virtal trip to Delphi
here for a virtual trip to Delphi (recommended 33k6)