shed him as the fourth prophet on this throne; but Loxias is the spokesman of Zeus, his father.
These are the gods I place in the beginning of my prayer.And Pallas who stands before the templeThe shrine of Pallas “before the temple,” close to Delphi on the main road leading to the sanctuary of Apollo. is honored in my words; and I worship the Nymphs where the CorycianThe Corycian cave, sacred to the Nymphs and Pan, has been identified with a grotto on the great plateau above Delphi.rock is hDelphi.rock is hollow, the delight of birds and haunt of gods. Bromius has held the region —I do not forget him— ever since he, as a god, led the Bacchantes in war,and contrived for Pentheus death as of a hunted hare. I call on the streams of Pleistus and the strength of Poseidon, and highest Zeus, the Fulfiller; and then I take my seat as prophetess upon my throne. And may they allow me now to have the best fortune, far better than on my previous entrances.And if there are any from among the Hellenes here, le
alo/s“navel” was the name given by the Delphians to a white stone （in Aeschylus' time placed in the inmost sanctuary of Apollo）, which they regarded as marking the exact center of the earth. Near the great altar of Apollo the French excavators of Delphi discovered a navel-stone. o)mfalo/sis sometimes used of Delphi itself.a man defiled in the eyes of the gods,occupying the seat of suppliants. His hands were dripping blood; he held a sword just drawn and an olive-branch, from the top of the tree,Delphi itself.a man defiled in the eyes of the gods,occupying the seat of suppliants. His hands were dripping blood; he held a sword just drawn and an olive-branch, from the top of the tree, decorously crowned with a large tuft of wool, a shining fleece; for as to this I can speak clearly.
Before this man an extraordinary band of women slept, seated on thrones. No! Not women, but rather Gorgons I call them; and yet I cannot compare them to forms of Gorgons either. Once before I saw some creatures in a painting,The Harpies.carrying off the feast of Phineus; but these are wingless in appearance, black, altogether disgusting; they snore with repulsive breaths, they drip from their ey
father mistaken in any way in his purposes when Ixion, who first shed blood, was a suppliant?
You do argue! But if I fail to win the case, I will once more inflict my company on this land as a burden.
But you have no honor, among both the younger and the older gods. I will win.
You did such things also in the house of Pheres, when you persuaded the Fates to make mortals free from death.In atonement for having shed blood （according to one legend, that of the dragon at Delphi, according to another, that of the Cyclopes）, Apollo was compelled by Zeus to serve as a thrall in the house of Admetus, son of Pheres. An ancient story, adopted by Aeschylus, reported that, when the time came for Admetus to die, Apollo, in gratitude for the kindness shown him by the prince, plied the Fates with wine （l. 728） and thus secured their consent that Admetus should be released from death on condition that some one should voluntarily choose to die in his stead. Euripides, in his A