My research of Greek religion has led me to focus on the oracle of Delphi, specifically the impact the ever-expanding Greek world had on the sanctuary throughout its history, the reasons for its endurance, and in turn its lasting influence. I will be looking at Delphi through the analysis of the anomalies that built up in Greece and the Greek mind which eventually led to the oracle’s collapse in the third and fourth centuries AD. This paper, however, will look at one of the more appealing, controversial and interesting anomalies - the supposed vapour-emitting chasm which intoxicated the priestess of Delphi to become the mouthpiece of the god Apollo.
31st Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS 31). ASCS 31  Proceedings: Refereed papers from the 31st Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (Perth, W.A. 2-5 February, 2010)