Photograph taken by Paul Brians at the museum in Delphi. Permission for noncommercial educational use granted. This photo does not appear in the printed version of Reading About the World.
Translated by Richard Hooker
(2) Mount Parnassus was the site of the temple of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, the most sacred spot in Greece.
(3) The muses were also associated with a place called Pieria near Mount Olympus; but another explanation of the reference is that they were said to be the nine daughters of one Pierus.
(4) Apollo. His priestess was called the Pythia, after a legendary snake that Apollo had killed in laying claim to the shrine.
(5) There are many different accounts of how Apollo's mother wandered the earth looking for a safe place in which to bear her child.
(6) The island of Delos.
(7) Athena. Note how the Athenian poet, even while praising the chief god of Delphi manages to bring in by a loose association the chief goddess of Athens.
Note: this is misidentified in the printed version of Reading About the World as the First Delphic Hymn.
This is an excerpt from Reading About the World, Volume 1, edited by
Paul Brians, Mary Gallwey, Douglas Hughes, Azfar Hussain, Richard Law, Michael Myers Michael Neville, Roger
Schlesinger, Alice Spitzer, and Susan Swan and published by Harcourt Brace
The reader was created for use in the World
Civilization course at Washington State University, but material on this page may
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