Korone and Delphi
Copy of a 5th c. b.C. kylix with a blackbird (Korone) on the shoulder of Apollo, who is conducting a libation, in order to give a prognosis. (photo courtesly from Polytropon Art workshop)

The 5th c bC kylix that is exposed at the central exhibition room of the Museum of Delphi shows a blackbird (in greek, Korone) sitting on the shoulder of God Apollo, who is conducting a libation, in order to give a prognosis.

It is a reminiscent of a story told by Herodote: Once, priests searching for a place to found a new Oracle, asked Pythia which was the place destined to be the founding spot of it.

Pythia answered: “In the place where you ‘ll hear the blackbird crow”!

Priesrts couldn’t understand the oath, and left in dispair. A few kilometers inside the Boeotian border, near the town of Abae (Άβαι), they found a tavern, and they sat there to have a meal.

While eating, they heard a customer calling the waitress: “Korone, bring us some wine“! Korone (i.e. blackbird) was the name of the Waitress!

So, Avai became the place where the new Oracle was founded.


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