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14

En Route to Corfu

Posted by mei-sm on May 14, 2013

Norm and Pauline left us to go to Karpathos where Norm's Grandfather was supposed to come from. His arrival papers stated Volada, Italy. In the old days Karpathos and the other Dodecanese Islands belonged to Italy. Within hours of their arrival a grand auntie-in-law was found and Norm discovered he was related to about 300 living cousins from all over the world. WOW! Norm and Pauline when you get this. Please could you update us on what happened?

Adric arrived in Athens the next day. We took him for a pork Gyros, we were discovering that lamb Gyros is hard to find. Oddly much of the lamb comes from NZ.

We are on a tight time loop. But I had to take Adric to the Acropolis Museum and a walk up to the Acropolis. I think he liked it. It certainly was impressive. The next day we got moving a tad later and I discovered that the National Archaeological Museum opened 800 - 1500. Unfortunately we were too late to see it properly. So instead I took him to the Beneki Museum which fortuitously cost 1Euro every Thursday and was opened till midnight. It's a stunning museum and packs 50,000 year old shards of pottery and exquisite artifacts up till the War of independence 1923. The Beneki is a private museum initially belonging to a serious collector and has persuaded many people to donate their collections to the museum.

Three days in Athens and we were away. We transited the Corinth Canal. It is 21m wide and 8m deep. It does cut a lot of time out, but these days is only useful for small ships, luxury white boats and sailing yachts. The wall are steep about 50m high, a cut into limestone. Kevin wondered if the paths along side were to use horses to drag the unpowered boats through. The canal was finished in 1890. Although there was evidence that Nero in ~80 AD made an attempt at building a canal.

We sailed to Galaxidhi, a lovely town, Adric's first taste of quaint Greek villages. We had a seafood dinner there and it was pretty good. Curiously the taramasalata had a slight green tinge. Yum. (I think it had been vitamised with some capers).

We caught the bus to Delphi. It's a beautiful ruined city sited on the side of a mountain. The views were stunning and there was quite a bit of the city left. The same group of French archaeologists have been working here for over a hundred years and managed to restore and find some amazing artefacts. These are on display at the archaeological museum which is next door to the site.

Interesting thing about Oracles.
To get the Oracles attention, you needed to purify yourself at the spring, bring a tribute and sacrifice a goat or sheep. The Oracle at Delphi was supposed to be the direct link between Zeus and man. The priestess would go into a trance and speak in an unintelligible language and the interpreter would disclose the pronouncement in verse. There is a similarity between the evangelical Christian meetings where one person will suddenly talk in tongues and there would be another a few seconds later with the interpretation though not in verse.

Apparently the oracle was quite accurate and more people began to rely on the information. This would have caused the people to doubt their own decisions, and be hesitant to make any. It would also take away their responsibility for the decision. It sounds like a fairly disastrous method to run a kingdom. The Oracle was supposedly neutral and would advice different factions about the same issue.

From Wiki:
359 BC
In 359 BC, Philip II of Macedon consulted the Oracle and was told:
" With silver spears you may conquer the world[citation needed]
The king then sought to control the silver mines in the neighbouring Thracian and Illyrian kingdom, and using them to bribe his way to early victories, playing one Greek state off against the others, and isolating his enemies by bribes to potential allies.

Philip also had a highly spirited black colt that no one could ride. The Oracle of Delphi stated whoever could ride this horse would conquer the world, but despite many attempts neither Philip nor any of his generals could mount the horse. His son, Alexander, later to be called the Great, succeeded as he realized that the horse was afraid of his own shadow. Philip gave the horse Bucephalus to Alexander, who took the steed on his conquest of Asia.

In 353 BC, a third Sacred War broke out when Thebes had placed a fine upon Phokis, and Phokis, to pay for the war, heavily taxed the people of nearby Delphi and seized the Treasury of Delphi. The Amphictyonic League led by Philip declared war against Phokis. Philip sought to unite all Greece with Macedon in the Amphictyonic League to attack Persia. In 339 BC, Philip interfered once again against the Amphictyonic alliance when the Krissans trespassed on Apollo's sacred grounds. Philip punished the Krissans, and consequently in 338 BC. defeated the combined armies of the Athenians and the Spartans, thus becoming the dominant force in Greek affairs. Eventually, at the Battle of Chaeronea he was successful against the Athenians and Thebans but he was assassinated before he could lead the invasion of Persia.

Alexander the Great visited the Delphic Oracle wishing to hear a prophecy that he would soon conquer the entire ancient world. To his surprise the oracle refused a direct comment and asked him to come later. Furious, Alexander the Great dragged Pythia by the hair out of the chamber until she screamed "Let go of me; you're unbeatable". The moment hearing this words he dropped her, saying "Now I have my answer".[16]

By 390 AD the Christians decided to destroy/loot the site and closed it down.

Again from Wiki
389 AD
In 389 AD, under the reign of Theodosius I, Christian attacks against pagan temples continued, reaching a head when the Emperor ordered that all pagan temples be shut. The oracle declared to the Emperor in 393 AD[dubious - discuss]
"Tell the king; the fair wrought house has fallen.
No shelter has Apollo, nor sacred laurel leaves;
The fountains are now silent; the voice is stilled.
It is finished."
Within two years the Emperor Theodosius was dead. Within 20 years the Western Roman Empire had started to accept Germanic tribes across the border, Rome had been conquered by Alaric I, the first time the city had fallen to barbarians in 800 years, and for the first time in 1,100 years no further oracular statements were given.[citation needed]

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