Religion: Reunion at Delphi

Delphi was once one of the spiritual centers of the Western world. In this rocky glen beneath Mount Parnassus, 100 miles northwest of Athens, stood the sacred stone called Omphalos—the navel of the earth, where two eagles started by Zeus from opposite edges of creation had met. Close to the great temple of Apollo, which housed the storied oracle and its fume-drugged priestess, each city-state of ancient Greece maintained its own temple. Last week the Greek government announced plans to turn Delphi into a modern center for the spiritual gathering of nations, invited the 15 nations comprising the Council of Europe...

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