say that so great was the oracle's fame that legends have hidden its true character. Recent scholars have found that most of the Delphic Oracle's responses were in fact straightforward commands on religious matters and, occasionally on public or private affairs. One skeptical researcher told us: "A close
study of all reliable evidence...reveals no chasm or vapors, no
frenzy of the Pythia, no incoherent cries interpreted by priests. The
Pythia spoke clearly, coherently, and directly to the petitioner in
response to his question."