Mysteries of the Oracles: The Last Secrets of Antiquity

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, Jun 15, 2007 - History - 291 pages
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The oracles are one of the great mysteries of the ancient world. Doorways to the underworld, foretellers of the future, decision-makers for kings and paupers alike, their power and mysticism held sway over civilisations and continues to capture the imagination. Two thousand years after the oracles were consulted by the ancients, Philipp Vandenberg set out on a quest to learn the mysteries of the oracles and uncover one of the best-kept secrets in antiquity. His journey involved 3 years, 15 oracles and countless revelations. The quest and what it uncovered proves at times shocking and disturbing and ultimately reveals a wealth of hidden knowledge about the ancient world: who, or what, really influenced some of the most consequential decisions of the time and fundamentally altered the course of history itself.
  

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Contents

The Oracle of the Dead on the Acheron
1
The Artificial Voices of Dodona
21
The Prophets of the Oasis of Siwa
39
The Riddle ofDidyma
63
Clarosthe Oracle of a Thousand Names
89
Delphithe Mysterious Navel of the World
100
When the Pythia Sat on the Tripod
128
Gods Priests and Charlatans
159
How Oracles Decided Battles
214
The Dream Factories ofOropus Epidaurus and Lebadea
228
The Forgotten Oracles
244
The Forebodings of the Sibyls
251
If Caesar Had Believed His Soothsayer
258
The End of the Prophets
266
Notes
274
Index
279

Croesusthe Man Who Bought the Future
173
Even Gods Can Be Bribed
189

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About the author (2007)

Philipp Vandenberg is an internationally acclaimed archaeological writer. His first book, The Curse of the Pharaohs, became a bestseller and was the first of many popular books on similar themes including Nefertiti, The Golden Pharaoh and The Forgotten Pharaoh. He is one of Germany's most successful authors and his books have been translated into 33 languages.

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