Day 43 – Sunday May 3rd
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Sunday May 3rd
Sites Visited: Delphi (Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Panhellenic sanctuary)
Where did we stay tonight?: Delphi
Leaders: Chris Johnson and Kait Barber
Once upon a time in a mystical place called Delphi a group of Dartmouthids came to find out their future from the Pythia. The brave warriors Kait and Chris led them up to the oracle. First they passed through the Temple of Athena, where they successfully made a goat shiver (which meant they could see the oracle). Next they came to the ancient gymnasium where they took a quick swim in the pool. The sacred Kastalian spring purified the travelers and brought them creative genius. They walked past the treasuries and wartime monuments, up to the massive Temple of Apollo where the oracle waited inside. The Dartmouthids ventured inside, towards the legendary noxious gasses. Unfortunately, since this is all sacred, we can’t tell you what happened. With their happy future told, the Dartmouthids walked up to the stadium to watch the races and made a quick stop at the theater for a performance. Finally, they went to the museum to see the friezes, pediments and statues from ages before. With their divine knowledge gained from the oracle (and presentations from everyone along the way), their leaders took them back to their homes to sleep until tomorrow.
Day 43 Photo Gallery:
Chris fills everyone in on the history of Delphi at the beginning of our long day on the site.
Kate covers the mythological background.
A votive bronze shows Odysseus escaping from Polyphemus in the Delphi museum.
Prof. Christesen gives Dallis and Alex A. some tips as they prep for their afternoon presentation in the museum.
Jason thinks about his approach to the Dachaos monument.
Ally and Jerry discuss their building, the Siphnian Treasury.
Joe and KT attacked by the opita cats during a mid-morning snack break.
Joe and Alex A. trek down to the Marmaria area of the site.
Alex M. kicks off the fun by presenting the enigmatic Tholos.
A very ancient olive tree in the xystos at Delphi.
Lecture in the gymnasium
Processing down towards the swimming pool at the gymnasium.
Just like a real vacation!
Relaxing by the pool.
Prof. Christesen leads the group up to the sanctuary of Apollo.
Alex A. and Dallis present the Athenian treasury.
Ben: "the first temple of Apollo was made of bees."
Current temple: not made of bees.
Just as Charlie prepares to wax poetic in the theater, a plague of locust-like Italian teenagers beseiges the area.
They turn out to be very serious about their site photography.
The poet is recruited to be an impromptu photographer.
KT reaches back to her Minoanophile roots, hugging the pseudo-baetylic omphalos at Delphi.
Kleobis (or Biton) in the Delphi museum.
Ally presents the sculpture from the Siphnian treasury.
Kait checks out the chryselephantine statues in the museum.
The Naxian Sphinx
Jason gives the greatest lecture the Daochos monument has ever seen.
Kathryn inspects the Delphi charioteer.
A tired but intellectually satisfied group at the end of the day.