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was a Phocian city, famed for its oracle sanctuary of Apollo. The ritual site on the southern slope of Mount Parnassus, approx. 500 m above the Pleistos Valley, towers above the vertical cliffs of Phaedriades with the Castalian Spring. There was a Mycenean settlement with three grave chambers and traces of a cult below the Apollo temple and in the Marmaria area. The veneration of Apollo, however, is only assured from the 8th century bce at the flourishing sanctuary and a continuity of the cult since Mycenean times is not demonstrable. Old cultic paintin…

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Egelhaaf-Gaiser, Ulrike, “Delphi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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