Greece: Delphi oracle prophecies from lack of oxygen?

This video is about the temple of Apollo – Delphi, Central Greece, Greece.

From Discovery Channel:

Oracle Inspired by Low-Oxygen Delirium

Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

Oct. 9, 2006 —A lack of oxygen might have inspired the prophecies at the Temple of Apollo in the Greek town of Delphi, according to a new study.

Published in the current issue of the journal Geology, the research contradicts a previous study suggesting that the Delphic priestess, known as pythia, who issued the prophecies was high on ethylene gas rising from bedrock cracks at the intersection of two faults directly beneath the temple.

According to Giuseppe Etiope, a geologist at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome, the pythia’s altered state was likely due to methane-induced hypoxia — oxygen deprivation caused by methane gas leaking into the temple’s small, non-aerated chamber.

3 thoughts on “Greece: Delphi oracle prophecies from lack of oxygen?

  1. Ancient calculator was 1,000 yrs ahead of its time
    1:01PM today

    By Patricia Reaney

    LONDON (Reuters) – An ancient astronomical calculator made at the end of the 2nd century BC was amazingly accurate and more complex than any instrument for the next 1,000 years, scientists said on Wednesday.

    The Antikythera Mechanism is the earliest known device to contain an intricate set of gear wheels. It was retrieved from a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901 but until now what it was used for has been a mystery.

    Although the remains are fragmented in 82 brass pieces, scientists from Britain, Greece and the United States have reconstructed a model of it using high-resolution X-ray tomography. They believe their findings could force a rethink of the technological potential of the ancient Greeks.

    “It could be described as the first known calculator,” said Professor Mike Edmunds, a professor of astrophysics at Cardiff University in Wales.

    “Our recent work has applied very modern techniques that we believe have now revealed what its actual functions were.”


    The calculator could add, multiply, divide and subtract. It was also able to align the number of lunar months with years and display where the sun and the moon were in the zodiac.

    Edmunds and his colleagues discovered it had a dial that predicted when there was a likely to be a lunar or solar eclipse. It also took into account the elliptical orbit of the moon.

    “The actual astronomy is perfect for the period,” Edmunds told Reuters.

    “What is extraordinary about the thing is that they were able to make such a sophisticated technological device and to be able to put that into metal,” he added.

    The model of the calculator shows 37 gear wheels housed in a wooden case with inscriptions on the cover that related to the planetary movements.

    Francois Charette, of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, said the findings, reported in the journal Nature, provide a wealth of data for future research.

    “Newly deciphered inscriptions that relate to the planetary movements make it plausible that the mechanism originally also had gearings to predict the motion of the planets,” he said in a commentary.

    Edmunds described the instrument as unique, saying there is nothing like it in the history of astronomy. Similar complicated mechanisms were not been seen until the appearance of medieval cathedral clocks much later.

    “What was not quite so apparent before was quite how beautifully designed this was,” he said. “That beauty of design in this mechanical thing forces you to say ‘Well gosh, if they can do that what else could they do?”‘


  2. BERLIN Oct 19, 2005 — Officials from Berlin’s Pergamon Museum announced plans Wednesday to dismantle and remove much of its famed Market Gate of Miletus over the next year and a half and to spend the next 10 years restoring it.

    The towering Roman gate, built around 120 A.D. as the entrance to the market square in the Aegean coastal city of Miletus in what is now Turkey, is one of the museum’s chief attractions.

    But metal supports built decades ago are sagging dangerously.

    In the next three weeks, workers will cut a hole in the 75-year-old museum’s southern exterior wall.

    Through it, they will pass 58 of the gate’s marble blocks weighing about 110 tons to load them onto flatbed trucks and take them to an offsite facility for restoration.

    Source ABC


  3. om! is that where that ended up? figured it ruined by the fires. id like to say it was a nice school, but being predjudice isnt very nice, now is it? how did that tune go?… : “aries (or) aristotle?…” aeehhh, guys gone, huh?


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