Oracles were used in ancient Greece as a way of the gods communicating with mortals through a mediator; this was often at oracular shrines which the people turned to for advice (Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 1984). All the oracular shrines had a fixed method of divination. They observed signs, movement of birds or even the rustle of leaves. Dreams were also often interpreted and a popular method that was used later on involved the use of an entranced priestess called a Pythia who was interpreted by a priest (Oracle, 2013). The most influential oracle was Delphi, though there were many other oracles that were available to the ancient Greek people and they used many different methods of divination, such as, rustling leaves, rushing waters and reflecting mirrors and also inhaling gases or smoke (Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 1984). The function of an oracle was not to tell the future, but to give advice to the Greeks that asked. Most oracular shrines included a subterranean chamber, yet no trace of one has been found at the Oracle of Delp...
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