Definition of Delphic oracle
1. Noun. (Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous.
Generic synonyms: Oracle
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Group relationships: Delphi
Lexicographical Neighbors of Delphic Oracle
Literary usage of Delphic oracle
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The History of Greece by Connop Thirlwall (1855)
"X The Delphic oracle. As the Delphic oracle was the object to which the principal duties of the Amphictyons related, it might have been imagined to have ..."
2. Herodotus by Herodotus (1828)
"... the son of Talaus, which were deposited in the forum of Sicyon; he went therefore to inquire ofi the Delphic oracle, whether he might expel Adrastus. ..."
3. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"There is indeed some likelihood m the supposition that the Delphic oracle had, through its numerous correspondents, real information of the state of foreign ..."
4. The History of Greece by Connop Thirlwall (1855)
"As the Delphic oracle was the object to which the . principal duties of the Amphictyons related, it might The Dei- nave been imagined to have been under ..."
5. A History of Rome from the Earliest Times to the Establishment of the Empire by Henry George Liddell (1855)
"0, King's sons, with Brutus, sent to consult the Delphic oracle. § 7. Legend of Lucretia. Expulsion of Tarquins. § 8. Consuls. § 9. Patres Conscripti. § 10. ..."
6. The History of Herodotus: A New English Version by Herodotus, George Rawlinson, Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, John Gardner Wilkinson (1858)
"Third period, BC 724-554—legend of Gyges—he obtains the throne by favour of the Delphic oracle. 12. Reign of Gyges, BC 724-686—his wars with the Greeks of ..."