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University of Toronto St. George
Claesson Welsh

Oct 8. 2010 Chapter 11: Apollo - Apollos sanctuaries: Delos o Three female divinities of the commerce of Delos: olive girl, sea girl, wine girl - Delphi: had amphalos; rock of the centre of the earth in Apollos temple - After being born, Apollo took up the lyre; declare to serve as oracular deity; decided on Delphi as oracle location o Dragon @Delphi who killed everyone; Apollo slayed it rather than driving it away o Body of dragon left to rot; decomposition gave place another name of pitho which means to rot o Delphi also as pythia > Apollo as Pythian Apollo - Apollo Delphinius; needed people to serve in his temple; saw a Cretan ship that was going to Pelos, intercepted ship in form of monster dolphin, uses wind to manipulate ship to Delphi, and reveals himself, Cretans become the keepers of his temple o delphinius Greek word for dolphin o @temple, a tripod for oracle to sit; oracle most important aspect of worship of Apollo @ Delphi o Prophetess delivered prophecy from tripod; could be seated on it; oracles are famously vague and ambiguous in answer, need priests and priestesses to translate o Pythia may have been influenced by noxious fumes coming from below tripod; basically was high on ethylene gases from underground - Cassandra, priestess w gift of prophecy but doomed to never be believed by anyone - Apollos love affairs are mostly unsu
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