Corinthian Helmet, Bronze, c. 510 BCE, The British Museum
Ancient Greek cuirass, Bronze c. 620-580 BCE, National Archeological Museum of Spain
Pair of greaves with a Gorgon’s head in relief on each knee, Bronze, made in Apulia, c. 550–500 BCE, The British Museum
Ancient Greek sling bullets with engravings. One side depicts a winged thunderbolt, and the other, the Greek inscription “take that” (ΔΕΞΑΙ) in high relief, Lead, 4th century BCE, The British Museum
The temple of Apollo, located in Delphi, Greece. Delphi was originally home to Mother Earth, Gaea and guarded by the Python. Apollo slayed the Python and took over, making Delphi his sacred/ worship spot.
The temple was primarily where (male) citizens would go to seek the Delphic Oracle, Pythia (priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity) to learn about their prophecy. Citizens never had direct contact with her; whatever the Pythia prophesied, a male priest would repeat back to the citizen asking.
The Pythia had to be a female virgin and sat on a tripod over the Adyton, which is the crack in the Earth, where apparently the Python’s body was that was rotting, in which the Pythia would inhale the vapors from the earth to bring her into a “trance-like” state of being, where she would prophesize about the future of those who wanted answers. There is another theory that she may of chewed laurel leaves (which are poisonous) or she drank undiluted wine.
A great photo; Delphi is such a breathtaking place - no wonder that ancient Greeks regarded it sacred
Delphi valley, Athenian treasury (510 to 480 BCE) in the front
Weather was “a bit” sunnier when we visited the place :). Walking up the valley and seeing all the steep hills and great buildings must have been quite an experience.
Alcibiades (or Alkibiades) was a gifted, rich, handsome, and flamboyant Athenian statesman and general whose shifting of sides during the Peloponnesian War in the 400s BCE earned him a reputation for cunning and treachery. He was appointed general at the minimum age (30) and therefore had a seat on the ruling council of Athens, which he held for fifteen years. After some shenanigans and a likely conspiracy against him, Alcibiades was condemned to death in Athens and unsurprisingly fled to Sparta. Falling out of favor with their king, he switched alleigence to Persian Satrap Tissaphernes who happened to be allied with Sparta. Under guise of organizing a Athenian-Persian alliance, Alcibiades organized a coup in Athens. Democracy was replaced by an oligarchy of 400. Alcibiades returned to his former post of general, defeated the Persians and Spartans, and expanded the oligarchy to 5000. (Things went downhill from here. Athens started losing the Peloponnesian War, Alcibiades was blamed, not re-elected, and unofficially exiled. He was eventually murdered while taking refuge with a Persian satrap.)