A Bittersweet Story: The True Nature of the Laurel of the Oracle of Delphi

@article{Harissis2014ABS,
  title={A Bittersweet Story: The True Nature of the Laurel of the Oracle of Delphi},
  author={H. Harissis},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  year={2014},
  volume={57},
  pages={351 - 360}
}
  • H. Harissis
  • Published 2014
  • Engineering, Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
It is known from ancient sources that “laurel,” identified with sweet bay, was used at the ancient Greek oracle of Delphi. The Pythia, the priestess who spoke the prophecies, purportedly used laurel as a means to inspire her divine frenzy. However, the clinical symptoms of the Pythia, as described in ancient sources, cannot be attributed to the use of sweet bay, which is harmless. A review of contemporary toxicological literature indicates that it is oleander that causes symptoms similar to… Expand
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