Apollo At Delphi Research Paper

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I have never been to Greece, but my first sightseeing stop will be to the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Standing among the fallen columns and the shattered marble, I will imagine back twenty-eight centuries, to a time when the Temple was resplendent and a place of pilgrimage. There were three short Greek phrases carved into the stone. Two of them are sound counsel for anyone: They translate as, “Make a pledge, and mischief is nigh,” and “Nothing in excess.” The third phrase, though, resonated with me from the first time I read it in an elementary school-level book about ancient Greece. It resonates still so much that it belongs on its own line, indented and in italics. Know thyself. Knowing oneself is the key to making good choices.

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