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The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secretsby William J Broad
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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 Prizewinning 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.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author describes how a team of scientists, working from subtle clues scattered throughout the ancient literature, as well as from the latest findings in geology, uncovered scientific evidence to explain the Oracle of Delphi's powers.
About the Author
William J . Broad is a senior writer at the New York Times who, with his colleagues there, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His books include the bestselling Germs: Biological Weapons and Americ‛s Secret War.
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