Delphi

The theatre, seen from above

Delphi (Greek Δελφοί - Delphoi; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece. In ancient times it was the site of the Delphic Sibyl, dedicated to the god Apollo. Delphi was revered throughout the Greek world as the site of the ομφαλός (omphalos) stone, the centre of the universe. In the inner εστία (hestia), or hearth, of the Temple of Delphic Apollo (Απόλλων Δελφίνιος - Apollon Delphinios), an άσβεστος φλόγα (eternal flame) burned. After the battle of Plataea, the Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought new fire from the hearth of Greece, at Delphi; in the foundation stories of several Greek colonies, the founding colonists were first dedicated at Delphi (Burkert, 1985, pp. 61, 84).

Location

Delphi is located in a plateau on the side of Mt. Parnassus. This semicircular spur is known as Phaedriades; it overlooks the Pleistos Valley. Southwest of Delphi, about 15 km away, is the harbor-city of Kirrha on the Corinthian Gulf.

Apollo

The Temple of Apollo, seen from below View of the stadium of the Delphi sanctuary, used for the Pythian Games. The stone steps on the right were added under the Romans.

The name Delphoi is connected with δελφός delphus "womb" and may indicate archaic veneration of an Earth Goddess at the site. Apollo is connected with the site by his epithet Δελφίνιος Delphinios, "the Delphinian", i.e. either "the one of Delphi", or "the one of the womb". The epithet is connected with dolphins (the "womb-fish") in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo Εις Απόλλωνα Πύθιον, 400), telling how Apollo first came to Delphi in the shape of a dolphin, carrying Cretan priests on his back.

Another legend held that Apollo walked to Delphi from the north and stopped at Tempe, a city in Thessaly to pick laurel, a plant sacred to him. In commemoration of this legend, the winners at the Pythian Games received a laurel wreath picked in Tempe.

Delphi was the site of a major temple to Phoebus Apollo, as well as the Pythian Games and a famous oracle. Even in Roman times hundreds of votive statues remained, described by Pliny the Younger and seen by Pausanias.

When young, Apollo killed the chthonic serpent Python, which lived beside the Castalian Spring, according to some because Python had attempted to rape Leto while she was pregnant with Apollo and Artemis. This was the spring which emitted vapors that caused the Oracle at Delphi to give her prophesies. Apollo killed Python but had to be punished for it, since Python was a child of Gaia. The shrine dedicated to Apollo was probably originally dedicated to Gaia and then Poseidon. The oracle at that time predicted the future based on the lapping water and leaves rustling in the trees.

The Pythian Games comprised a chariot race, thus this magnificent statue, the Charioteer of Delphi.

Oracle

The first oracle at Delphi was commonly known as Sibyl or Pythia, though her name was Herophile. She sang her predictions, which she received from Gaia. Later, "Sibyl" became a title given to whichever priestess manned the oracle at the time. The Sibyl sat on the Sibylline Rock, breathing in vapors from the ground1 and gaining her often puzzling predictions from that. Pausanias claimed that the Sibyl was "born between man and goddess, daughter of sea monsters and an immortal nymph". Others said she was sister or daughter to Apollo. Still others claimed the Sibyl received her powers from Gaia originally, who passed the oracle to Themis, who passed it to Phoebe.

This oracle exerted considerable influence across the country, and was consulted before all major undertakings: wars, the founding of colonies, and so forth. She also was respected by the semi-Hellenic countries around the Greek world, such as Lydia, Caria, and even Egypt. Croesus of Lydia consulted Delphi before attacking Persia, and according to Herodotus received the answer "if you do, you will destroy a great empire." Croesus found the response favorable and attacked, and was utterly overthrown (resulting, of course, in the destruction of his own empire).

The oracle is also said to have proclaimed Socrates the wisest man in Greece, to which Socrates said that if so, this was because he alone was aware of his own ignorance. This claim is related to one of the most famous mottos of Delphi, which Socrates said he learned there, Gnothi Seauton (Γνώθι Σεαυτόν): "know thyself". Another famous motto of Delphi is Meden Agan (Μηδέν Άγαν): "nothing in excess".

In the 3rd century A.D., the oracle (perhaps bribed) declared that the god would no longer speak there.

The temple to Apollo at Delphi was built by Trophonius and Agamedes.

The Treasury of Athens, built to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Marathon

Footnote

1 After investigating the site, archeologists were convinced that these vapours are only a myth, as no evidence for them could be found, and — so the then standard opinion in geology — gaseous emissions from rock only occur in conjunction with volcanic activity. However, recent geological research indicates that the site of the oracle shows young geological faults, and it seems plausible that these emitted in ancient times light hydrocarbon gases, possibly ethylene, from bituminous limestone which do have an intoxicating effect. (de Boer et al., Geology 29 (2001) pp. 707; see e.g. here for a popular science coverage)

Other archaeologists believe that the oracle also inhaled fumes of burning bay leaves.

Treasuries

From the entrance of the site, continuing up the slope almost to the temple itself, is a large number of votive statues, and numerous treasuries. These were built by the various states – those overseas as well as those on the mainland – to commemorate victories and to thank the oracle for advice important to those victories. The most impressive is the now-restored Treasury of Athens, built to commemorate the Athenians' victory at the Battle of Marathon. The Athenians had previously been given the advice by the oracle to put their faith in their "wooden walls" – taking this advice to mean their navy, they won a famous battle at Salamis. Another impressive treasury that exists on the site was dedicated by the city of Siphnos, who had ammassed great wealth from their silver and gold mines and so they dedicated the Siphnian Treasury.

Tholos

The Tholos at the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia

The Tholos at the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia is a circular building that was constructed between 380 and 360 B.C. It consisted of 20 Doric columns arranged with an exterior diamater of 14.76 meters, with 10 Corinthian columns in the interior. The Tholos is located approximately a half-mile (800 m) from the main ruins at Delphi. Three of the Doric colums have been restored, making it the most popular site at Delphi for tourists to take photographs.

Modern Delphi

The modern Delphi or Delfi or Delfoi is situated west of the archaeological site. It is passed by a major highway linking Amfissa along with Itea and Arachova. The two main streets are each one-way and narrow. Delphi also has a school, a lyceum and a square (plateia). The communities include Chrysso which in ancient times was Crissa.

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Delphi

General

  • Homepage of the modern municipality (in English or Greek)
  • Hellenic Ministry of Culture: Delphi
  • The Oracle of Delphi and Ancient Oracles, annotated guide edited by Tim Spalding
  • Delphi guide
  • Delphi (in Greek)
  • C. Osborne , "A Short detour to Delphi and the Sibyls"
  • Livius Picture Archive: Delphi
  • Eloise Hart, "The Delphic oracle"
  • "The Delphic oracle"

Geology of Delphi

  • John R. Hale, et al., "Questioning the Delphic Oracle: When science meets religion at this ancient Greek site, the two turn out to be on better terms than scholars had originally thought", in Scientific American August 2003
  • John Roach, "Delphic Oracle's Lips May Have Been Loosened by Gas Vapors" in National Geographic news, August 2001
  • Geology of Delphi
  • The New York Times, March 19, 2002: "Fumes and Visions Were Not a Myth for Oracle at Delphi"

Reference

  • Burkert, Walter, Greek Religion 1985.

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The Oracle of Delphi and Ancient Oracles, annotated guide edited by Tim Spalding. Sting reached a pinnacle of success in 1994. Hellenic Ministry of Culture: Delphi. In May 1993, he released a remix of the classic Police song from the Ghost In The Machine album, "Demolition Man" for the Demolition Man film, starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt. Homepage of the modern municipality (in English or Greek). The hit single "Fields of Gold" has since become a "standard", and very well known via versions by Eva Cassidy and Verity Keays. In 1993, he released the album Ten Summoner's Tales, which went Triple Platinum in just over a year.

The following year, he married Trudie Styler and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in music from Northumbria University. The album eventually went Platinum. Sting's 1991 album The Soul Cages was dedicated to his recently deceased father and included the top 10 song "All this Time" and the Grammy winning "Soul Cages". His most high-profile contribution to the human rights cause came in 1988, when he joined a team of major musicians and rising stars — including Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen — assembled under the banner of Amnesty International for the 6-week world Human Rights Now! Tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

His support for these causes continues to this day. With long-time girlfriend Trudie Styler and Raoni Metuktire, a Kayapó Indian leader in Brazil, he founded the Rainforest Foundation to help save the rainforests. Throughout the 1980s, Sting strongly supported environmentalism and humanitarian movements, such as Amnesty International. Soon thereafter, in February of 1988, he released Nada Como el Sol — a selection of five songs from Nothing Like the Sun sung (by Sting himself) in Spanish and Portuguese.

It eventually went Double Platinum and was recognized as one of the most important rock & roll albums of the 1980s. Sting released Nothing Like the Sun (1987), including the hit songs "We'll Be Together" and "Be Still My Beating Heart", dedicated to his recently deceased mother. He also sang the introduction and chorus to "Money for Nothing", a groundbreaking song by Dire Straits. Within a year, it reached Triple Platinum.

It included the hit single "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free". 1985's The Dream of the Blue Turtles, featuring a star-studded cast of jazz musicians, was Sting's first solo album. The song was a re-interpretation of a song from the 1920s musical Mr Cinders by Vivian Ellis, and was a surprise top twenty hit. In 1982 he released a solo single, "Spread A Little Happiness" from the Dennis Potter television play Brimstone and Treacle.

Sting's participation in The Secret Policeman's Other Ball was the beginning of his growing involvement in raising money and consciousness for political and social causes. His performances were prominently featured in the album and movie of the show and drew major critical attention for Sting. The band included Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins and Bob Geldof all of whom (except Beck) later worked together on "Live Aid". He perfomed solo versions of "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle" He also led an all-star band (dubbed "The Secret Police") on his own arrangement of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".

In September 1981, Sting made his first-ever solo live performance performing on all four nights of the fourth Amnesty International benefit The Secret Policeman's Other Ball at the invitation of producer Martin Lewis. To help promote a greatest hits album that year they also made a re-recording of a new arrangement of one of their hits "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" as a special bonus track to be included on the album. Their performances were just for the benefit shows and were not part of an intended permanent reunion. The Police performed together at some of the shows on the 1986 Amnesty International A Conspiracy of Hope Tour alongside U2 and other artists.

Their last album, Synchronicity which included one of their most successful songs, Every Breath You Take, was released in 1983. Although they jumped on the punk bandwagon early in their career, they soon abandoned that sound in favor of reggae-tinged rock and minimalist pop. The group had several chart topping albums and won six Grammy Awards in the early 1980s. In 1977, Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers formed the rock/pop band The Police in London.

He once performed wearing a black and yellow jersey with hooped stripes that fellow band member Gordon Solomon had noted made him look like a bumblebee, thus he became "Sting." He uses Sting almost exclusively, except on official documents. He has stated that he gained his nickname while with the Jazzmen. He played with local jazz bands such as the Phoenix Jazzmen and Last Exit. His first music gigs were wherever he could get a job.

Before playing music professionally, Sumner worked as a ditch digger and a music teacher at a Catholic primary school. Both Audrey and Ernest Sumner died of cancer, but Sting did not (or could not) attend either funeral. Philip owns a pub in Newcastle, Angela works for British Airways, and Anita is an artist. He is the oldest of four children and has a brother, Philip, and two sisters, Angela and Anita.

From 1971 to 1974, he attended Northern Counties Teacher Training College. He attended St Cuthbert's grammar School, in Newcastle upon Tyne, and then the University of Warwick, but did not graduate. From an early age, Sumner knew that he wanted to be a musician. Ernest was a milkman, and raised his children as Roman Catholics.

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JD, Eddie's father and owner of a bar, in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). The voice of Zarm on Captain Planet and the Planeteers, a 1990s television show. Finney, a nightclub owner in Stormy Monday (1988). An "heroic officer" in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988).

Baron Frankenstein in The Bride (1985). Mick, a black-marketeer in Plenty (1985). Feyd-Rautha in the movie Dune (1984). Martin Taylor, a drifter in Brimstone and Treacle (1982).

Ace The Face, the King of The Mods, aka The Bell Boy in the movie adaptation of The Who album Quadrophenia (1979). 2005 "Taking the Inside Rail" #? US, #? UK. 2004 "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)" #60 UK. Blidge)" #60 UK.

Mary J. 2003 "Whenever I Say Your Name (ft. 2003 "Send Your Love" #30 UK. Sting) #2 UK.

2003 "Rise & Fall" (Craig David feat. 2000 "After the Rain Has Fallen" #31 UK. Cheb Mami) #15 UK, #17 US. 2000 "Desert Rose" (feat.

1999 "Brand New Day" #13 UK, #100 US. 1997 "Roxanne '97" (remix) (with The Police) #17 UK, #59 US. 1996 "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" #94 US. 1996 "I Was Brought to My Senses" #31 UK.

1996 "You Still Touch Me" #27 UK, #60 US. 1996 "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" #15 UK, #86 US. Sting) #36 UK. 1996 "Spirits in the Material World" (Pato Banton feat.

Pato Banton) #15 UK. 1995 "This Cowboy Song" (feat. 1994 "When We Dance" #9 UK, #38 US. 1994 "Nothing 'Bout Me" #32 UK.

1994 "All for Love" (with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart) #2 UK, #1 US. 1993 "Demolition Man" #21 UK. 1993 "Fields of Gold" #16 UK, #23 US. 1993 "Seven Days" #25 UK.

1993 "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" #14 UK, #17 US. 1992 "It's Probably Me" (with Eric Clapton) #30 UK. 2003 Sacred Love #3 UK, #3 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. 2001 All This Time (live) #3 UK, #32 US, US Sales: 500,000.

1999 At the Movies (Japanese release). 1999 Brand New Day #5 UK, #9 US, US Sales: 3,000,000. 1997 The Very Best of Sting & The Police #1 UK, #46 US (both positions for the 2002 re-issue). 1996 Mercury Falling #4 UK, #5 US, US Sales: 1,000,000.

1994 Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 #2 UK, #7 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1993 Ten Summoner's Tales #2 UK, #2 US, US Sales: 3,000,000. 1991 Soul Cages #1 UK, #2 US, US Sales: 1,000,000. 1988 Nada Como el Sol.

1987 Nothing Like the Sun #1 UK, #9 US, US Sales: 2,000,000. 1986 Bring On the Night #16 UK. 1985 The Dream of the Blue Turtles #3 UK, #2 US, US Sales: 3,000,000. Sting, who had a small acting career, had a small part in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as an AT-AT Commander.

Sting's song "Desert Rose" is also used as XM Satellite Radio's technical difficulties music. Sting was nominated for Academy Award for his song "You Will Be My Ain True Love" from the movie "Cold Mountain" performed by Alison Krauss. Sting famously claimed to have had tantric sex with his wife for 24 hours. Was at one time close to becoming Gil Farrington in a motion picture of the same name, until Sir Ridley Scott terminated the project.

[5]. A Colombian tree frog was named for him in appreciation of his environmental activities: Hyla stingi. The song is still widely associated with Jaguar. Sting's song "Desert Rose" was used in many Jaguar commercials because of the fact that he drove a Jaguar during Desert Rose's music video.

He appeared as himself in an episode of The Simpsons, taking part in the charity song for a boy who supposedly fell down a well, "We're Sending Our Love Down The Well". Sting's fondness for Prokofiev manifested itself subsequently when he served as narrator for Peter and the Wolf: A Prokofiev Fantasy [4] - one of the many versions of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" that have been recorded by celebrities. The song "Russians" from The Dream of the Blue Turtles utilized a theme by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Sting also made a cameo appearance in the movie, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [3].

Sting and Knopfler remained friends despite this difference between their two music publishers and the fact that half of the writer's share of Knopfler's biggest hit goes to Sting for a contribution of just six musical notes out of the entire song. Even though the prologue only occupies a few seconds at the start of the recording - Sting's music publisher Virgin Music insisted that Sting be credited (and paid) as though he had written half of the entire song. Sting came up with the musical motif to use for the words - and it was (probably consciously) musically identical to the melody line in his own Police song "Don't Stand So Close To Me" from the album Zenyatta Mondatta. The prologue to the Dire Straits' recording "Money for Nothing" that features Sting singing the words "I want my MTV" was at the invitation of Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler.

Sting was also the inspiration for the comic book character John Constantine (from Hellblazer). In his Live8 performance he changed the lyrics to his song 'Every Breath You Take' from "I'll be watching you” to "we'll be watching you" — meant for the men of the G8.

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