historyfilia: Oracle of Zeus at Dodona, Greece Though…


Oracle of Zeus at Dodona, Greece

Though it
never eclipsed the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Dodona gained a reputation far
beyond Greece. In the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes, a retelling of an
older story of Jason and the Argonauts, Jason’s ship, the “Argo”, had
the gift of prophecy, because it contained an oak timber spirited from Dodona.

In c. 290
BCE, King Pyrrhus made Dodona the religious capital of his domain and
beautified it by implementing a series of construction projects (i.e. grandly
rebuilt the Temple of Zeus, developed many other buildings, added a festival
featuring athletic games, musical contests, and drama enacted in a theatre). A
wall was built around the oracle itself and the holy tree, as well as temples
to Dione and Heracles.


Temples and other buildings of ancient Greece. via Ancient Greece – Buildings