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Fontenrose doubts

Tell the emperor that my hall has fallen to the ground. Phoibos no longer has his house, nor his mantic bay, nor his prophetic spring; the water has dried up.

Fontenrose doubts the authenticity of this oracle, characterizing it a "Christian oracle, devised to

Fontenrose doubts the authenticity of this oracle, characterizing it a "Christian oracle, devised to show that the Delphic Apollo foresaw the mission of Christ and the end of Oracles."[5]

The last recorded oracle was in 393 AD when by order of Emperor Theodosius I the temple was closed and never reopened. The Oracle declared all is ended. Within 5 years the Emperor was dead and 15 years later Alaric and the Visigoths captured Rome.[27]

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