Category Archives: sanctuary

Hércules en Cádiz

El santuario más famoso de todo el Mediterráneo occidental estuvo en Cádiz, en el actual islote de Sancti Petri. Mapa de Cádiz ( DP imagen de HansenBCN)   Estaba consagrado al Hércules Gaditano, y el mismísimo dios, decían algunos, yacía … Continue reading

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The Tomb of Hercules

The most famous ancient sanctuary in Western Europe was in Cadiz,  in old Spain. Hercules was buried there. Hercules Monument at Cadiz, Spain There was an oracle. You could ask her questions and get a cryptic reply or an interpretation … Continue reading

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The Delphic Oracle

The Priestess of Delphi by Hon. John Collier There is endless fantasy writing on this subject. Writers have been outdoing each other for over two thousand years. Here are some unromanticized views. H. W. Parke in his A History of … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Troubling Dream (Part Three)

The crypt was chilly and musty. He remembered waiting for the oracle at Delphi, which was fragrant with bay leaves and barley. His mind began to drift. He began thinking about the march that would begin that same afternoon and … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Troubling Dream (Part Two)

The next morning a temple acolyte came to the Roman camp with the news that the oracle was ready to receive the quaestor. The acolyte wore the same white alb as the temple priests, and his head was shaved, which … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Troubling Dream (Part One)

Caesar went straight to the Herakleion in Cadiz. It wasn’t just tourism: he had some business for the oracle there. His visit had been announced beforehand—he was coming with the Roman propraetor—and the priests turned out in their white robes … Continue reading

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How to Find a Lost City

Most old towns are lost. Look at the maps drawn by Strabo and Ptolomeo: not one in ten is still around. What happened to them all? How can a whole town disappear? Map of Europe according to Strabo (time of … Continue reading

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