This is probably best illustrated with an actual example, starting with raw code and refactoring it using the spartan programming techniques: Applying Spartan programming techniques to a C File Applying Spartan programming techniques to a Java function I don't agree with all the rules and guidelines presented here, but I was definitely nodding along with the majority of the page. Minimalism isn't always the right choice, but it's rarely the wrong choice.
You could certainly do worse than to adopt the discipline of spartan programming on your next programming project. You strive for simultaneous minimization of your code in many dimensions: Horizontal complexity. The depth of nesting of control structures. Vertical complexity. The number of lines or length of code. Token count.
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He was later reprimanded by the philosopher Socrates for having posed a manipulative question.
Socrates felt he should have asked whether it would be a success, rather than how. Cleisthenes was said to have bribed the Pythia to deliver the same response to all Spartan requests at the oracle, no matter the question: to free Athens from the rule of tyrants. And after a series of spectacular mishaps based on misread oracles, the Lydian king Croesus complained at the Delphic Oracle about having been misled. We also know of several instances in which the Pythia refused outright to respond to a question that, in one way or another, seemed unreasonable.
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What did it take to become the Pythia? Was she a local girl from a neighbouring village?
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Was any kind of training provided to candidates? Or were they thrown in the deep end?
Unfortunately, the ancient sources are silent. The Nobel prize-winning author William Golding in his posthumously published last novel The Double Tongue, written from the perspective of a Pythia, sees her as a local girl who was unable to get herself married and so took on that role. The kind of skills required to be successful in the role are easier to reconstruct.
The sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi served as a marketplace for representatives from all over the ancient Greek world and beyond who came for a variety of reasons. In addition to the oracle, the sanctuary housed regular athletic competitions the so-called Pythian Games, analogous to the more famous Olympic Games. With its numerous temples and monuments, the site was also a popular tourist destination.
All these activities together served to establish a busy hub, where information, news, and gossip of all kinds would have circulated freely. There is good evidence to suggest that the fantastic tales of prediction and fulfilment are a matter of the later historiographic tradition and that it was mostly quite straightforward questions of everyday life that were put to the Pythia for comment, along the lines suggested by the ancient author Plutarch, who was also a priest at Delphi: Will I win?
Shall I marry?
Is it a good idea to sail the sea? Shall I take up farming? Shall I go abroad? If this was indeed the case, it would, more often than not, have been possible to glean the information necessary to answer any particular enquiry from the chatter of those queuing to consult the oracle, to watch or participate in the games, or to take in the monuments.
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