Today we all ventured the 3.5 hour ride to the site of Delphi, with the Oracle and Temple of Apollo and the adjacent tourist/ski resort town of Arachova.
The ride to Delphi was rather early and many on the SAG 2012 crew had yet to wake up. Once there, however, everyone was very keen to see with their own eyes the Temple and its numerous religious shrines that built up in the Greco-Roman world for over 5,000 years. (There is evidence of cult worship at the Bronze Age levels, but mostly in the Archaic and Classical/Roman periods.)
First we viewed the museum where numerous famous works of art and monumental sculptures are housed.
We then got to view the site itself.Here we walked up the "Sacred Way" to the highest point, viewing such notable remains as the Roman Forum, the Treasury of the Athenians, which houses the spoils of the Battle of Marathon, and the Temple of Delphi with its adjacent theater.
Then we all boarded the bus and our driver Petros (great guy) drove us to Arachova, where we supped on a delicious lunch. This beautiful Medieval town is full of cute shops and very popular for skiing in the winter. The entire town is cut into terraces of the mountain of Parnassos
Tomorrow is a 1/2 Free Day and then 3 hours of lecture/discussion