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The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science behind Its Lost Secrets

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A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi

Like Walking the Bible, this fascinating book turns a modern eye on an enduring legend. The Oracle of Delphi was one of the most influential figures in ancient Greece. Human mistress of the god Apollo, she had the power to enter into ecstatic communion with him and deliver his prophesies to men. Thousands of years later, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist William J. Broad follows ...

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Overview


A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi

Like Walking the Bible, this fascinating book turns a modern eye on an enduring legend. The Oracle of Delphi was one of the most influential figures in ancient Greece. Human mistress of the god Apollo, she had the power to enter into ecstatic communion with him and deliver his prophesies to men. Thousands of years later, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist William J. Broad follows a crew of enterprising researchers as they sift through the evidence of history, geology, and archaeology to reveal—as far as science is able—the source of her visions.

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Enlightening and compelling . . . Drawing on everything from Plutarch to petroleum research, [Broad] ‘decrypts’ a fascinating story. (The Dallas Morning News)

An absorbing historical tale. (Entertainment Weekly)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143038597
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 355,708
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Broad is a senior writer at The New York Times and with colleagues there has twice won the Pulitzer Prize as well as an Emmy. For three decades, he has covered topics ranging from biology and geology to astronomy and nuclear arms. He is the author or coauthor of six books, most recently Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War, a number-one New York Times bestseller. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and his work featured in The Best American Science Writing 2005. He holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin and lives with his wife and three children in Larchmont, New York.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    A fascinating and fact filled book

    The author weaves a wonderful fabric of scientific accuracy & historical nuance; skillfully balancing the empirical with the phenomenological. despite being filled with interdisciplinary science and a complex time-line, the text is easily understandable and engrossing. Excellent read!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Interesting nonfiction account of the Oracle at Delphi

    Non fiction but easy read discussing possible reasons for the oracles success and how it worked. very interesting. good read.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    I used this book to write a thesis for my History class and it g

    I used this book to write a thesis for my History class and it gave me everything that I needed to write a decent historical paper. All the information I needed that I had found on other sites or in other books were in this book and further evaluated; after reading the book I had all the facts and personal opinions I needed to complete my paper. I recommend this book for anyone writing a report on the Oracle of Delphi or anyone interested in the Oracle's history; you will learn everything there is to learn with this book for sure. 

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