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Kristin Heineman Gives Author Talk On Oracle Of Delphi At Mesa Library Thursday

on December 22, 2017 - 6:02am

Author Kristin Heineman in Greece. Courtesy photo

Library News:

The public is invited to a book talk about “The Decadence of Delphi” by author Kristin Heineman at 7 p.m., Dec. 28, in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., in Los Alamos. The talk is part of the monthly Authors Speak series put on by the Los Alamos County Library System.

A 2002 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Heineman went on to study Classics in college, and received her PhD from the University of Newcastle in Australia. Her research interests include the history of religion, women in the ancient world, and the intersection between Christianity and paganism. She is an adjunct professor in the history department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, with a concentration in Classics.

Her book, “The Decadence of Delphi,” traces the history of the culture, religion and politics that surrounded the Oracle of Delphi at the end of the oracle’s many centuries of influence. The Oracle of Delphi was believed to be the earthly bride of the god Apollo, and it was believed, she spoke for him.

Examining the final years of Delphic consultation, the book argues that the sanctuary operated on two connected, yet distinct levels: the oracle, which was in decline, and the remaining religious, political and social elements at the site which continued to thrive.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. The series is supported by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.