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dc.contributor.advisorAllan, Arlene
dc.contributor.authorPotter, Jamie
dc.date.available2011-07-15T04:08:27Z
dc.date.copyright2011
dc.identifier.citationPotter, J. (2011). Delphi and Beyond: An Examination into the Role of Oracular Centres Within Mainland Greece (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/1761en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/1761
dc.description.abstractThe Delphic Oracle stands as one of the most prestigious sanctuaries in the Greek landscape and certainly as the most reputable oracular centre in the region. In contrast, few other oracular centres made even a slight mark on Greece’s long and illustrious history. This study considers not only the possible reasons behind Delphi’s spectacular rise to power, but also what the factors may have been that prevented other oracular sites from successfully challenging Delphi’s supremacy. The sites considered in this study are restricted to those found in mainland Greece: five oracles in Boiotia, four in Achaia, three each in Phokis and Laconia, two in Thessaly, Epirus and the Argolid and one each in Elis, Corinthia and Thrace. Based on archaeological and epigraphic evidence, supported through reference to literary sources, this study finds that there were four key factors in determining whether an oracular site’s reputation would spread beyond its local community: the oracle’s age, location, oracular deity and its method of consultation. As this study shows, in all these factors, Delphi had (or was promoted as having) a clear advantage.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectOracles
dc.subjectGreek Divination
dc.subjectDelphic Oracle
dc.titleDelphi and Beyond: An Examination into the Role of Oracular Centres Within Mainland Greece
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2011-07-07T23:37:57Z
thesis.degree.disciplineClassics
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
otago.openaccessOpen
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