Delphi is a town in Greece near Mount Parnassus. It is also an archaeological site of the Delphic Oracle, an information-providing intermediary to the deity Apollo. The term today is common in analytic and software methods that use predictive techniques.
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Delphi (not the temple of Apollo)
In classic Greece
, it was the site of the famous oracle
of the god Apollo
, where a priestess would take questions from people who wanted advice on a wide variety of topics and issues, and would impart the wisdom of Apollo
, often with cryptic and ambiguous messages which were easily misinterpreted. The oracle was closed down by the Christian emperor Theodosius late in the 4th century.
The Delphi method is a means of eliciting expert opinion, often in the context of futures studies, with a technique that can minimize the effect of dominant personalities in face-to-face meetings.