Destination Greece Newsletter 061010 - October 10, 2006

Delphi: A historical perspective
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Greek cuisine
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Delphi Delphi: A historical perspective

The cave where the divinity Gaia (Mother Earth) used to utter prophecies guarded by her son, the serpent Python, dates from the second millennium BC (Mycenaean period). It was located on the way from the Gulf of Corinth to Central and Northern Greece, in a region then called Pytho. When the god Apollo was an infant, he killed Python, at the same time abandoning Delphi to purify himself. After the purification took place, he returned to Delphi crowned and took over the Oracle, which from then on belonged to him.

During the Mycenaean period, the female deity of Earth was worshipped in the small settlement of Delphi. The development of the sanctuary and oracle though, began in the 8th century B.C. with the establishment of the cult of Apollo. Under the protection and administration of the Amphictyony, the sanctuary continued to be autonomous after the First Sacred War and, as a result, increased its pan-Hellenic religious and political influence. The Pythian Games were re-organized, the sanctuary was enlarged and it was enriched with nice buildings, statues, and other offerings.

In the 3rd century B.C. it came under the domination of the Aetolians and later, in 191 B.C., was conquered by the Romans. During the Roman occupation the site was sometimes plundered but was also favored by some of the emperors. With the spread of Christianity, the sanctuary lost its religious meaning and was permanently closed down with a decree of emperor Theodosius the Great.

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kalime'ra sasGood morning
kalispe'ra sasGood afternoon
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Greek salad Greek cuisine: Horiatiki (Greek) Salad

  • 4 Medium Ripe Tomatoes
  • 1 Handful Capers (to taste)
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/3 lb Feta Cheese
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 small chili pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Handful Kalamata Olives
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Pinch Oregano (to taste)
  • 1 Pinch Salt (to taste)
Directions: Cut the vegetables in slices and mix in a salad bowl. Top with the olives, capers, chili pepper and oregano and cover with "crumbled" feta cheese. Pour the olive oil evenly.

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