Part 2 of my trip through Greek history took us to ancient Delphi. Deemed the site of the “naval of the earth,” it was home to the Temple of Apollo and a sacred sanctuary where people flocked to seek the advice of the god’s oracle. The visit was part of a field trip for the student’s Greek Civilization class led by professor and archaeologist John Karavas. We drank from the Kastalia Spring at the base of the sanctuary, wondering aloud whether some sort of divine inspiration would follow.
Apollo’s claim to fame included presiding over the arts, poetry, and yes, music. This connection was not lost on this group-quite impressed with the hymns to the ancient deity inscribed on the Athenian Treasury.
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Great photos, Lesley. Looks like you guys got the perfect day for going to Delphi. It’s a treat to read about the in-the-field aspect of the Greek Civilization course, and to get a sense of the student experience…rough life!