This morning, I am on my way to Delphi, the centre of the world for the ancient Greeks. Sitting on a tripod and breathing hallucinogenic fumes, Pythia, the god Apollo’s priestess delivered her opaque prophecies to the kings of the ancient world. She was the Oracle of Delphi, the Greek’s most famous and feared window to the will of the gods.
In 560 B.C. Pythia told Croesus, King of Lydia: “If you cross the river, a great empire will fall”. He assumed the doomed empire would be the Persians’, and crossed the water. He lost, and it was his own empire fell.