The Dodona oracle was an ancient Greek oracle located in the region of Epirus in northwestern Greece, near the modern-day city of Ioannina. It was one of the oldest and most important oracles in the ancient Greek world, dating back to the second millennium BCE.
According to legend, the oracle was founded by the god Zeus himself, who communicated with mortals through the rustling of oak leaves in the sacred grove of Dodona. The priests and priestesses of the oracle would interpret these rustlings as messages from the god, and provide guidance and advice to those seeking his counsel.
The Dodona oracle was known for its unique methods of divination. In addition to interpreting the rustling of oak leaves, the priests and priestesses also used the sound of bronze cauldrons, the movements of sacrificial animals, and the observation of natural phenomena like lightning and thunder.
The oracle was particularly renowned for its accuracy and wisdom, and was consulted by rulers, generals, and ordinary citizens from across the ancient Greek world. It was also a popular destination for pilgrims seeking spiritual guidance and healing.
Over the centuries, the Dodona oracle grew in prominence and influence, and became a major center of worship and commerce. The temple complex included a theater, a stadium, and numerous other buildings, and attracted visitors from far and wide.
Today, the site of the Dodona oracle is a major archaeological site, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can explore the remains of the temple complex, including the sacred grove of oaks and the theater, and gain insight into the ancient world of Greece and its rich religious and cultural traditions.