The Delphic Maxims serve as guidelines for living for many Hellenic Pagans. The Delphic Maxims are inscribed at Delphi and are said to have been delivered. DELPHIC MAXIMS for Modern Followers. translated by Melissa Gold of Hellenion . Greek from Al. N. Oikonomides, Classical Bulletin 63 (); pronunciation is. The Delphic Maxims are a collection of maxims that are understood to be delivered by the deity Apollo Himself to the Oracle at Delphi. The proverbs are said.

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The Delphic maxims are a set of aphorisms inscribed at Delphi. Originally, 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 varies between different versions and translations of the text. The precepts delphi placed by a Greek named Clearchos, who may or may not have been Clearchus of Soli the disciple of Aristotle[5] who, according to the same inscription, had copied them from Delphi:.

Stone block with a portion of the Delphic Maxims. Originally, they were said to have been given by the Greek god Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi and were therefore attributed to Apollo himself. Look up know thyself in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Know thyself Ruins of forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where know thyself was once said to be inscribed Maaxims memento mori mosaic from excavations in the convent of San Gregorio in Rome, featuring the Greek motto.

Allegorical painting from the 17th century with text Nosce te ipsum The Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” Greek: The unexamined life is not worth living. In Latin the phrase, “know thyself,” is given as nosce te ipsum[2] or temet nosce. The name Pythia is derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi.

The Pythian priestess emerged pre-eminent by the end of 7th century BC and would continue to be consulted until the 4th century AD. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel or centre of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi.

It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a small modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.

Origins and location Delphi among the main Greek sanctuaries Delphi is located in upper central Greece, on multiple plateaux along the slope o The pediment sculptures are a tribute to Praxias and Androsthenes of Athens.

The temple had the statement “Know thyself”, one of the Delphic maxims, carved i The concept is distinct from those of an adage, brocard, chiasmus, epigram, maxim legal or philosophicalprinciple, proverb, and saying; some of these concepts are species of aphorism.

History The word was first used in the Aphorisms of Hippocrates, a long series of propositions concerning the symptoms and diagnosis of disease and the art of healing and medicine.

Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult. This aphorism was later applied or adapted to physical science and then morphed into multifarious aphorisms of philosophy, morality, and literature.


Presently an aphorism is generally understood to be a concise The Delphic Fraternity, Inc. The fraternity can trace its origin back to the Delphic Society founded in In the early s the chapter became briefly associated with a la Symbol used by Hellenism followers.

The Hellenic religion is a traditional religion and way of life, revolving around the Greek Gods, primarily focused on the Twelve Olympians, and embracing ancient Hellenic values and virtues. InHellenism was legally recognized as a “known religion” in Greece. Groups and self-designations Ritual performed by members of the Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes.

Dodekatheism originated in and is practiced in Greece and in other countries. Leaders of the movement claimed in that there are as many as 2, adherents to the Hellenic tradition in Greece, In Greek mythology, Eros UK: His Roman counterpart was Cupid[3] “desire”. Some myths make him a primordial god, while in other myths, he is the son of Aphrodite. He is one of the winged love gods, Erotes. Beekes has suggested a Pre-Greek origin.

In the earliest sources the cosmogonies, the earliest philosophers, and texts referring to the mystery religionshe is one of the primordial gods involved in the coming into being of the cosmos.

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But in later sources, Eros is represented maximz the son of Aphrodite, whose mischievous interventions in the affairs of gods and mortals cause bonds of love to form, often illicitly. Ultimately, in the later satirical poets, he is represented as a blindfolded child, the precursor to the chu In Ancient Greek religion, Hestia ; Greek: In Greek mythology, she is a daughter of Kronos and Rhea.

In the public domain, the hearth of the prytaneum functioned as her official sanctuary. With the establishment of a new colony, delpbic from Hestia’s public hearth in the mother city would be carried to the new settlement. It thus refers to the oikos, the household, house, or family.

Her name is the equivalent of Latin Discordia, which means “discord”.

Eris’ Greek opposite is Harmonia, whose Latin counterpart is Concordia. Homer equated her with the war-goddess Enyo, whose Roman counterpart is Bellona. The dwarf planet Eris is named after the goddess. Beekes rejects these derivations and suggested a Pre-Greek origin. So, after all, there was not one kind of Strife alone, but all over the earth there are two. As for the one, a man would praise her when he cam Hephaestus ; eight spellings; Greek: In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was either the son of Zeus and Hera or he was Hera’s parthenogenous child, rejected by his mother because of his deformity and thrown off Mount Olympus and down to earth.

He served as the blacksmith of the gods, and was worshipped in the manufacturing and industrial centers of Greece, particularly Athens. The cult of Hephaestus was based in Lemnos.

Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the patron and protector of young girls, and was believed to bring disease upon women and relieve them of it. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the role of Eileithyia in aiding women during childbirth.

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Much like Athena and Hestia, Artemis preferred to remain a maiden and is sworn never to marry. Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities and her temple at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Artemis’ symbols included maxins bow and arrow, a quiver and hunting knives mxaims the deer delpnic the cypress were sacred to her. The goddess Diana is masims Roman equivalent. Etymology The name Artemis noun, feminine is of unknown or uncertain etymology,[2][3] although various sources have been proposed. Ares ; Ancient Greek: He is one of the Twelve Olympians, the son of Zeus and Hera. In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Demeter ; Attic: She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon.


In the Linear B Mycenean Greek tablets of c. Look up self-knowledge in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Self-knowledge may refer to: Coleridge centering on the Delphic maxim know thyself Hecate or Hekate ; Ancient Greek: She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery. The place of origin of her following is uncertain, but it is thought that she had popular followings in Thrace.

Ritual A slave, a cripple or a criminal was chosen and expelled from the community at times of disaster famine, invasion or plague or at times of calendrical mxxims. It was believed that this would bring about purification. On the first day of the Thargelia, a festival of Apollo at Athens, two men, the Pharmakoi, were led out as if to be sacrificed as an expiation.

Some scholia state that pharmakoi were actually sacrificed thrown from a cliff or burned maixms, but delphci modern scholars reject this, arguing that the earliest source for the pharmakos the iambic satirist Hipponax shows the pharmakoi being beaten and stoned, but not executed.

A more plausible explanation would be that sometimes they were executed and sometimes not, depending on the attitude of the victim. For instance, a deliberate unrepentant murderer would most likely be put to death. In Aesop in Del Plutarch’s surviving works were written in Greek, but intended for both Greek and Roman readers. His family was wealthy. The name of Plutarch’s grandfather was Lamprias, as he attested maxis Moralia[5] and in his Life He was god of the Sea and other waters; of earthquakes; and of horses.

Poseidon was protector of seafarers, and of many Hellenic cities and colonies. In the Odyssey, during the sea-voyage from Troy back home to Ithaca, the Greek hero Odysseus provokes Poseidon’s fury by blinding his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus, resulting in Poseidon punishing him with storms, the complete loss of his ship and companions, and a ten-year delay.

Poseidon is also the subject of a Homeric hymn. Aegeus delpphic right consults delpihc Pythia or oracle of Delphi. He was told “Do not loosen the bulging mouth of the wineskin until you have reached the height of Athens, lest you die of grief”, which at first he did not understand.

Ancient Greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs, rituals, and mythology originating in ancient Greece in the form of both delhpic public religion and cult practices. These maxms varied enough for it to be possible to speak of Greek religions or “cults” in the plural, though most of them shared similarities. Most ancient Greeks recognized the twelve major Olympian gods and goddesses: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Ares, Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Hermes, and either Hestia or Dionysusalthough philosophies such as Stoicism maims some forms of Platonism used language that seems to assume a single transcendent deity.

The worship of these deities, and several others, was found across the Greek world, though they often have different epithe