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The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles

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Cultures of all epochs have consulted oracles in times of need. This fascinating exploration of the enduring popularity of oracles examines how they are interpreted and why. Taking examples from literature and history, from the oracles at Delphi to those in Macbeth, and further still to the works of Kafka and Bob Dylan, and even in the film The Matrix, Wood combines storyt ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Picador (first published 2003)
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Oct 30, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I wasn't sure what I was going to get with this book before I began it. Perhaps history, perhaps some discussion of the supernatural?
Not at all. It was squarely a philosophy book, and a study of what's really happening when an oracle (ancient or modern) is asked a question. In particular, the book looks at what's going on in the mind of the person asking, focusing on his/her situation, the types of questions asked, and how the questioner responds to and interprets the oracle's message. The oracl
In THE ROAD TO DELPHI: THE LIFE AND AFTERLIFE OF ORACLES, Michael Wood considers the significance of oracles (and attitudes toward them) from Greek antiquity to the present. Wood analyzes a wide range of literary texts and even considers topics like the role of oracles in modern medicine. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the classical legacy or the history of ideas.
This is the story of oracles and the greatest of the ancient world was at Delphi. There was some really good stuff in this book and yet parts that I knew so I skimmed. Overall a good read.
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Michael Wood born in Lincoln, England, is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. He is an alumnus of St John's College, Cambridge.

Prior to teaching to Princeton, he taught at Columbia U
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