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Definition: Said to be the voice of the god(s). Apollo later claimed it for his own. The Oracle made predictions or pronouncements that were indirect at best and needed priests or priestesses to interpret. An example is that during the Persian Wars, Athenians worried about their city-state's being overrun and consulted the Oracle, which responded by saying that Athens would be saved by "wooden walls." What really happened was that the fleet of Athens, which was made of wood, played a large part in turning back the Persian naval invasion. Also, when Athens was in serious danger, the Athenians escaped in the same ships. Thus, the "wooden walls" saved Athens.

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More on the Oracle
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The Mythology and History of the Oracle
View the Oracle experience from a backdrop of history and myth.

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