ISBN: 978-960-213-033-9
Εκδοτική Αθηνών, Αθήνα, 2001
2η έκδ., Αγγλικά
€ 6.96 (περ. ΦΠΑ 6%)
Βιβλίο, Χαρτόδετο
24 x 17 εκ, 80 σελ.
Ελληνική, Νέα (γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου)

The first diviner to occupy the Delphic oracle was the mother of the gods, Gaia. She was succeeded by her daughter, Themis. The third occupant was another daughter of Gaia, the Titaness Phoibe, who gave Apollo the surname of Phoibos as a birthday present. We have this information from the Pythia`s own mouth, in the opening lines of Aischylos` tragedy Eumenides. As regards the rest of the story: how Apollo founded his first temple at Delphi, and how he slew the fearful dragon (a female serpent) near a spring, this is recounted in the ancient Homeric hymn to Apollo. In later times, men believed this serpent to have been male and even more redoubtable, none other than the famous Python, guardian of Gaia`s oracle; the battle that the young god who had come from the north -from the valley of Tempe- fought against the serpent was indeed a great and terrible one. They also believed that although a god, Apollo complied to the divine rule which he himself had set: that whoever defiled his hands with the blood of murder should be sent into exile. Thus the god departed for eight years and worked in the service of Admetos, King of Pherai, in order to cleanse himself of the pestilent blood of murder; then he returned, purified and clean at last, sole master of the Delphic oracle. [...]

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