Delphi Forum to Promote Greece’s Delphic Maxims



Delphi Economic Forum 2019: File photo

The Municipality of Athens and the Delphi Economic Forum have collaborated to launch a  campaign to promote Greece’s Delphic maxims – the ancient aphorisms inscribed at Delphi – internationally.

On the occasion of the 5th Delphi Economic Forum in March, a campaign has started since February 19 in Athens’ metro stations and public buses, with posters delivering Delphic Maxims in Greek and English.

This year’s Delphi Economic Forum will welcome 600 speakers from 35 countries to Delphi.

“Athens and Delphi, two of the most significant Greek cities of antiquity, renew their bond that was created 2,500 years ago… and remind us of the reasons that made them the most popular political and religious centers of history,” the announcement of the organizers of the Delphi Economic Forum reads.

The Delphic maxims are a set of 147 aphorisms inscribed at Delphi. Originally, they were said to have been given by the Greek god Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi, Pythia, and therefore were attributed to Apollo. The 5th-century scholar Stobaeus later attributed them to the Seven Sages of Greece.

However, contemporary scholars argue that the original authorship is unknown and that most likely they were popular proverbs, which tended later to be attributed to particular sages.

“Five of the most popular Maxims which were carved on the walls of the Delphi oracle… will deliver their timeless message and remind us of their significance,” the organizers underlined.

The five Delphi maxims will also be available at select locations in Delphi and Arachova, from March 4, in time for the 5th Delphi Economic Forum which will open its doors on March 5, and will run until March 8.