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Spartans asking Oracle at Delphi whether to make war against Athenians. Peloponnesian War (Second or Great 431-404BC) between Athens and Sparta. Wood engraving 1910. Priestess of temple of Apollo at Delphi (Delphos now Kastri), known as Pythia, most famous Ancient Greek oracle. Position held by celibate woman over 50 whose words were delivered to supplicant in often ambiguous verse by priests. Suppressed by Theodosius 4th century AD. Greeks considered Delphi at foot of Mount Parnassus to be navel of the world.

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Spartans asking Oracle at Delphi whether to make war against Athenians. Peloponnesian War (Second or Great 431-404BC) between Athens and Sparta. Wood engraving 1910. Priestess of temple of Apollo at Delphi (Delphos now Kastri), known as Pythia, most famous Ancient Greek oracle. Position held by celibate woman over 50 whose words were delivered to supplicant in often ambiguous verse by priests. Suppressed by Theodosius 4th century AD. Greeks considered Delphi at foot of Mount Parnassus to be navel of the world.