PROGRAM DETAILS

The Oracles of Antiquity: How the Oracular Tradition of the Ancient World Shifted Boundaries and Influenced the World Order

Instructor
Daphne Nikolopoulos
Category
Storytelling / History
SPL03102

Course Description

In ancient Greece and its surrounding states, no important decision was made without consulting an Oracle, an individual, most often a woman, with seeing powers granted her by the gods. In this lecture, we will examine the agency of the oracles, as well as the oracular sites of ancient Greece and North Africa, including the famed Oracle of Delphi, and dissect the process by which these prophetic statements were delivered. We also will look at the political significance of the oracles in antiquity and examine their impact on modern society. For several years, award-winning novelist and journalist Daphne Nikolopoulos has been researching world cultures and their impact on the evolution of religion and spirituality for her archaeological thrillers and historical fiction.

About the Instructor

  • Daphne Nikolopoulos, writing as D.J. Niko, is the author of The Sarah Weston Chronicles archaeological thriller series. Books in the series include The Tenth Saint, which won the Gold Medal in the juried Florida Book Awards' popular fiction category, The Riddle of Solomon, and The Oracle. She also is the author of The Judgment, a historical novel set in 10th century BCE Israel and Egypt, which was awarded a national bronze medal in the Independent Publisher Awards. A career journalist who has worked in the U.S. and Europe, Nikolopoulos is currently the Editor in Chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine and Editorial Director of Palm Beach Media Group. A native of Athens, Greece, she has traveled to and lived in various parts of the world – including out of a backpack for two years. She is a second-year MFA candidate at the University of California, Riverside.