Archives for Delphi history
The European Cultural Center of Delphi, is a cultural institution under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The activities of the Center are connected to the cultural and humanitarian values that Delphi stands for, which remain timeless on the brink of the third millennia.
Ancient historians reported that gases, wafting from the floor of the Adyton in the Temple of Apollo coincided with the Oracles’ extraordinary abilities to see beyond the usual limits of time and space; however, European researchers in the early part of the last century put an end to such nonsense.
Roman emperor Hadrian visited Delphi twice, during his reign. At one of his visits, he was accompanied by his favorite companion, Antinous, who later passed away in a rather tragic way, during a visit at Egypt. Hadrian was so sad by his loss, that he founded worship altars ["Antinoeia"] all over the Roman Empire, to keep Antinous' memory alive.
The excavations at Delphi, known under the name "La Grande Fouille" (the great excavation in french) was of international importance and captured the attention of the public all over the world. An historic report about the excavations is this one of the "Scientific American " of 1909!