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  • c. 800 BCE
    The site of Delphi first acquires a religious significance.
  • 560 BCE
    The oracles of Delphi and Thebes both tell King Croesus of Lydia that if he attacks the Medes, he will destroy a great empire. Seeing this as a good omen, he goes to war, loses, and the Lydian Empire is destroyed.
  • 393 CE
    Last prophecy of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, after Roman Emperor Theodosius ordered the closure of all "pagan" sanctuaries.