The Oracle: Ancient Delphi And The Science Behind Its Lost Secrets

Paperback | January 30, 2007

byWilliam J. Broad

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A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi

Like Walking the Bible, this fascinating book turns a modern eye on an enduring legend. The Oracle of Delphi was one of the most influential figures in ancient Greece. Human mistress of the god Apollo, she had the power to enter into ecstatic communion with him and deliver his prophesies to men. Thousands of years later, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist William J. Broad follows a crew of enterprising researchers as they sift through the evidence of history, geology, and archaeology to reveal—as far as science is able—the source of her visions.

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A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi Like Walking the Bible, this fascinating book turns a modern eye on an enduring legend. The Oracle of Delphi was one of the most influential figures in ancient Greece. Human mistress of the god Apollo, she had the power to enter into ec...

William J. Broad is a senior writer at The New York Times and with colleagues there has twice won the Pulitzer Prize as well as an Emmy. For three decades, he has covered topics ranging from biology and geology to astronomy and nuclear arms. He is the author or coauthor of six books, most recently Germs: Biological Weapons and America'...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:January 30, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143038591

ISBN - 13:9780143038597

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite interesting This book is interesting, especially if you have visited Delphi. It is disjointed, as though it is put together from different articles. But each section is interesting in its own way.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not too gripping Stopped but may start again...
Date published: 2013-05-24

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Enlightening and compelling . . . Drawing on everything from Plutarch to petroleum research, [Broad] ‘decrypts’ a fascinating story. (The Dallas Morning News)

An absorbing historical tale. (Entertainment Weekly)