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Athenian Treasury

One of the first things you see when you walk up to path to the Temple of Apollo one of the first things you see is the Athenian Treasury. It was here that gifts and donations to the temple were left by pilgrims going to visit the oracle. The treasury was built around 500BCE, over 2500 years ago.

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Amphitheater in Delphi

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The Amphitheater in Deplhi is behind the temple of Apollo (the temple being where the oracle gave you guidance). Its old…really old. It was built around 4c BC, 2100 or so years ago. It’s also a lot bigger than it looks. It can hold around 5000 spectators. You have to walk a long and narrow path to get to the theatre, so I can imaging the queues after performances would have been pretty long…

Temple of Apollo, Delphi

This is where you went to ask the Oracle for advice. The answers were ecstatic speech which where translated by the priests.

We got our own advice in a manner at the temple, when a dog walked up to us, started sniffing Lois’ white cane, and then gently grabbed onto it, as if to say that she needed a dog and not a cane. Then the dog wondered off.

This is just before we left to go back home and be with our dogs, and Lois is due for a new guide dog in a couple of months!

So maybe the ancients were onto something after all.

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