DODONA: ancient lead strips from the Oracle at Dodona (now in the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina) with questions to the Oracle posed by citizens of Kerkyra (Corfu):  "To which god or hero should we make sacrifices? Which should we invoke, so that we can rule our land in the best and safest possible way, and have a rich and good crop?"  and "Which gods or heroes should we submit to?"

DODONA: ancient lead strips from the Oracle at Dodona (now in the Archaeological Museum of Ioannina) with questions to the Oracle posed by citizens of Kerkyra (Corfu): "To which god or hero should we make sacrifices? Which should we invoke, so that we can rule our land in the best and safest possible way, and have a rich and good crop?" and "Which gods or heroes should we submit to?"

Dodona in Epirus was an oracle devoted to a Mother Goddess identified at other sites with Rhea or Gaia, but here called Dione. The shrine of Dodona was regarded as the oldest Epirot oracle, possibly dating to the second millennium BCE according to Herodotus. It was considered second only to the oracle of Delphi in prestige. Priestesses and priests in the sacred grove interpreted the rustling of the oak (or beech) leaves to determine the correct actions to be taken.

Dodona in Epirus was an oracle devoted to a Mother Goddess identified at other sites with Rhea or Gaia, but here called Dione. The shrine of Dodona was regarded as the oldest Epirot oracle, possibly dating to the second millennium BCE according to Herodotus. It was considered second only to the oracle of Delphi in prestige. Priestesses and priests in the sacred grove interpreted the rustling of the oak (or beech) leaves to determine the correct actions to be taken.

Lead plaque from Sanctuary of the Oracle of Zeus, Dodona, asking the oracle to which god or hero they should sacrifice to govern their province well. c.214 BC

Lead plaque from Sanctuary of the Oracle of Zeus, Dodona, asking the oracle to which god or hero they should sacrifice to govern their province well. c.214 BC

ГОСУДАРСТВЕННЫЙ МУЗЕЙ ИЗОБРАЗИТЕЛЬНЫХ ИСКУССТВ ИМЕНИ А.С. ПУШКИНА | Шедевры античного искусства | Греция. Классика | ЗЕВС ИЗ ДОДОНЫ

ГОСУДАРСТВЕННЫЙ МУЗЕЙ ИЗОБРАЗИТЕЛЬНЫХ ИСКУССТВ ИМЕНИ А.С. ПУШКИНА | Шедевры античного искусства | Греция. Классика | ЗЕВС ИЗ ДОДОНЫ

Dodona in Epirus was an oracle devoted to a Mother Goddess identified at other sites with Rhea or Gaia, but here called Dione. The shrine of Dodona was regarded as the oldest Epirot oracle, possibly dating to the second millennium BCE according to Herodotus. It was considered second only to the oracle of Delphi in prestige. Priestesses and priests in the sacred grove interpreted the rustling of the oak (or beech) leaves to determine the correct actions to be taken.

Dodona in Epirus was an oracle devoted to a Mother Goddess identified at other sites with Rhea or Gaia, but here called Dione. The shrine of Dodona was regarded as the oldest Epirot oracle, possibly dating to the second millennium BCE according to Herodotus. It was considered second only to the oracle of Delphi in prestige. Priestesses and priests in the sacred grove interpreted the rustling of the oak (or beech) leaves to determine the correct actions to be taken.

Leaves of oak Material: Bronze sheet with embossed veins Provenance: Sanctuary of Zeus at Dodona (excavations by Konstantinos Karapanos) Date: ca. 300 BC Exhibition Location: Room 36, Case 6, inv. no Καρ. 303,312, National Archaeological Museum.

Leaves of oak Material: Bronze sheet with embossed veins Provenance: Sanctuary of Zeus at Dodona (excavations by Konstantinos Karapanos) Date: ca. 300 BC Exhibition Location: Room 36, Case 6, inv. no Καρ. 303,312, National Archaeological Museum.

Lead plaque from Sanctuary of the Oracle of Zeus, Dodona, asking the oracle to which god or hero they should sacrifice to govern their province well. c.214 BC

Lead plaque from Sanctuary of the Oracle of Zeus, Dodona, asking the oracle to which god or hero they should sacrifice to govern their province well. c.214 BC

DODONA: Bronze Corinthian helmet with the inscription "ΟΛΥΜΠ", 650-570 BC. Excavated at the Sanctuary of Zeus, Dodona and now in the British Museum, London.

DODONA: Bronze Corinthian helmet with the inscription "ΟΛΥΜΠ", 650-570 BC. Excavated at the Sanctuary of Zeus, Dodona and now in the British Museum, London.

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