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Geological Reasons for the Oracle of Delphi

Post by Lucus Eques » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:14 am

I'm quite pleased, since my Structural Geology professor assigned us to read this article:

http://geology.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/ ... /34/10/821

Geology and Ancient Greece — ah, my favorite things combined. It's a great article; sorry, that's just the abstract. But I can send anyone the full PDF who wants it.

À propos, you'll see the frequent use of -genic as opposed to -genetic suffixes — Greeks in fact participated in the writing of this paper. See my latest post in the "Of Neologisms" thread in Learning Greek if you feel like helping me resolve this perplexing question.
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Post by Adelheid » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:48 am

Does the article reinforce the research by de Boer, Hale and Chanton (New evidence for the geological origins of the ancient Delphic oracle), or is it a new theory?

Some info about De Boer's research can be found here
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Post by Lucus Eques » Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:32 pm

They suggest benzene instead of ethylene, since ethylene hasn't be found in sufficiently high concentrations from the fault and would be unexspected from the bedrock geology, while benzene fits the marine carbonate shelf profile. Otherwise, yes.
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Post by Adelheid » Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:58 pm

OK, thanks.

I will be visiting Delphi this year. Hope to be able to see that fault which, according to De Boer, is in plain sight.
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Post by Chris Weimer » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:51 pm

Most classicists still ignore the theory.

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Post by Adelheid » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:47 pm

And that means what? That the theory should not be taken seriously or that classicists should take the trouble to check the theory?
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Post by Chris Weimer » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:08 am

Neither. That the theory was checked out and pronounced DOA save by a few Classicists.

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Post by Adelheid » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:39 am

Chris Weimer wrote:Neither. That the theory was checked out and pronounced DOA save by a few Classicists.
Could you please provide sources for this? DOA no less. I would like to know on what grounds most classicists arrived at that conclusion.

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Post by Lucus Eques » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:07 am

Likewise.
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Post by Chris Weimer » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:40 pm

Littleton, C. Scott. "The Pneuma Enthusiastikon: On the Possibility of Hallucinogenic "Vapors" at Delphi and Dodona." Ethos 14.1 (1986): 78.

I'll have to find links to recent rebuttals, as I do not have them on me.

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Post by Adelheid » Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:13 pm

Chris Weimer wrote:I'll have to find links to recent rebuttals, as I do not have them on me.
Yes, please, because an article from 1986 doesn't really count as a rebuttal for an article from 2001 ('New evidence for the geological origins of the ancient Delphic oracle (Greece)', Geology; August 2001; v. 29; no. 8; p. 707–710).

I am really curious why it would have met with rebuttal. It seems to reinforce the textual evidence for the Delphic oracle.

So please, links.
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