Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle (Hardcover)

Divination and Democracy

By Hugh Bowden

Cambridge University Press, 9780521823739, 188pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2008

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This book provides an exploration of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, where the god Apollo was believed to speak to inquirers through his priestesses. In particular, it examines Athens' use of the oracle c. 500-300 BC. Demonstrating the importance of communication with the gods, and doing their will, in classical Athenian society, Hugh Bowden concludes that ancient Athens was not a secular Westernized democracy as we understand the term today.