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"Delphi" (2014) adds to the author's previous book "Delphi and Olympia" (2010) which started off as the author's PhD. Presumably there was a supervisor to keep that work focused and then - prior to publication - an editor or proof-reader.
There are some phrases in "Delphi" which an editor really ought to have eliminated, such as "playing hardball" (p 85), "bitten the bullet" (p 105) and "dodge the bullet" (p 145), and the novel "short window of time" (p 164). The cliché "catch-22" (p 242) is (mis)used with reference to Delphi when "hedging its bets" (p 165) might have been better reused.
The Siphnians are tautologically described as being a "get-rich-quick, nouveau riche island community" (p 106) ... "ushering in an era of building über-rich [sic] treasury structures" (p 108).
The author refers to "the apogee of Aetolian dominance at Delphi" (p 178) when he probably meant "zenith" - i.e. the highest point rather than the most distant.
The author calls the present-day sacred way "an anathema because this zigzag path dates only to the very last phases of Delphi's ancient life..." (p 293). An anachronism perhaps, but hardly "an anathema".
It's the small mistakes which are significant because they may be symptoms of great errors less apparent.
The author refers to "the Egyptian god Isis" (p 1) who was, of course, a goddess.
Plate 4 is a reproduction of "The Priestess at Delphi". The caption is copied directly from the website of the Art Gallery of South Australia. But the author describes the location, wrongly, as the "Art Gallery of Southern Australia".
According to the author (p 107), "In the frieze, at the north of the [Siphnian] building alongside which visitors would most often pass, they copied the new [Apollo] temple's pedimental sculpture and carved a Gigantomachy scene in exquisite relief...". Well, not exactly: although the Gigantomachy was on the north façade of the building, the Siphnian pedimental sculptures were above the entrance on the west side. (See "Delphi and Olympia" p 64, Fig. 3.8 and "Delphi" Figure 5.2.)
The author's "favorite" section of the Gigantomachy is that of "the lion sinking his teeth into the fighters." (p 298). Actually, there are two lions yoked together - one salient (which is badly damaged) and the other rampant guardant - which draw the chariot of the goddess Themis. They both attack just the one giant.
The author gushes over "The Delphi charioteer... resplendent as he is in bronze, silver, and precious metals..." (p 123) and advises "Notice also the rich and expensive detailing of the charioteer's face: the inlaid teeth, eyes, and eyelashes, all in expensive and precious materials." (p 300). But it's difficult to see "the inlaid teeth" because the statue's mouth is as good as closed! Perhaps the author was thinking of the Riace warrior (A) bronze statue which does have its mouth open and which John Boardman in his "Greek Sculpture: The Classical Period" (p 64 Fig 38) confirms has "copper on lips and nipples, silver on teeth, eyes inlaid." As for the charioteer, Boardman writes (p 60 Fig 34): "The eyes were inlaid with glass and stone, silver for the head-band pattern, copper on the lips." There is no mention of "inlaid teeth"!
According to the author (p 120), supposedly following Herodotus, there was "a giant statue of Apollo six meters high, a trireme in his hand, placed on the temple terrace directly facing the great Chian altar and temple front." But Herodotus (8.121) actually says that the Greeks "made a man's image twelve cubits high, holding in his hand the figure-head of a ship". So it was just "the figure-head of a ship" not a complete trireme. (See also the description by Parke and Wormell (Vol. I p 176): "For Salamis a bronze statue thrice life size with the figurehead of a ship in its hand was dedicated.")
This is probably good enough for an undergraduate doing Ancient History 101 but one does expect something less slovenly from a person with a PhD.
I bought the book from The Book Depository in the UK.
Had I previously encountered the author's "From Democrats to Kings" (2009) I would never have contemplated buying "Delphi".
"Great Moments in Greek Archaeology" (ISBN 978-0892369102) published by The J. Paul Getty Museum (2007) for an authoritative description of "Delphi: The excavation of the great oracular centre" (pp 134-157).
"Games and Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece: Olympia, Delphi, Isthmia, Nemea, Athens" by Panos Valavanis (ISBN 978-0892367627) published by The J. Paul Getty Museum (2004) with its superb photographs, maps, historic plans and elevations (mostly in colour). Now reduced in price from $45.00 to around $25.00.
"The Delphic Oracle" (1956) by Herbert William Parke and Donald E W Wormell which is in two volumes: Volume I gives "The History"; Volume II gives "The Oracular Responses" (in Greek but not in translation). It is not available as a paperback reprint.