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Charioteer of Delphi – Photo Gallery

Charioteer of Delphi - Delphi Archaeological Museum

Charioteer of Delphi – Photo Gallery

The Charioteer of Delphi is a rare surviving bronze 2,500-year-old sculpture from Ancient Greece. It is a life-size statue of a chariot driver who was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. The Charioteer of Delphi was initially part of a larger group sculpture, including the chariot, at least four horses and possibly two grooms. Some fragments of the horses were found with the statue. This statue is one of the few Greek bronzes to have the original inlaid glass eyes. The face and the body do not display arrogance, but the features of calm self-confidence.

Charioteer of Delphi - Delphi Archaeological Museum

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Charioteer of Delphi - Delphi Archaeological Museum

Charioteer of Delphi - Delphi Archaeological Museum

Charioteer of Delphi

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Advice from the Oracle of Apollo

Pythia was the priestess presiding over the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi. There are hundreds of statements from the Oracle at Delphi which have survived. Many are anecdotal and have survived as proverbs. Several are ambiguously phrased, apparently to show the oracle in a good light regardless of the outcome. Such prophecies were admired for their phrasing. The following are some of the prophecies of Delphi.

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“Nothing in excess.”

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“Love of money and nothing else will ruin you.”

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“Pray to the Winds. They will prove to be mighty allies of Greece.”

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“Sophocles is wise, Euripides is wiser, but of all men, Socrates is wisest.”

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“Make your own nature, not the advice of others, your guide in life.”

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“Know thyself.”

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Delphic Maxims

The Delphic maxims are a set of 147 aphorisms inscribed at Delphi. Initially, they were said to have been given by the Greek god Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi and were therefore attributed to Apollo himself. The specific order and wording of each maxim vary between different versions and translations of the text.

  • Base your knowledge on learning.
  • Understand after you have heard what has occurred.
  • Know yourself.
  • Take care to know the right opportunity.
  • Control yourself.
  • Control your anger.
  • Love friendship.
  • Concentrate on education.
  • Pursue honour.
  • Seek wisdom.
  • Praise the good.
  • Shun evil.
  • Be interested in public affairs.
  • Nothing in excess.
  • On reaching the end, be without sorrow.
  • Do not be discontented by life.
  • Believe in good luck.
  • Do not sign a guarantee when obtaining a loan.
  • Do not reveal entrusted secrets.
  • Fear deceit.
  • Praise everyone.
  • Be a seeker of wisdom.
  • Think first, act later.
  • Associate with the wise.
  • Accept old age.

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“Love of money and nothing else will ruin Sparta.”
– Oracle of Delphi

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Photo Credit: JOM

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