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Sibyl
(678 words)

(Σίβυλλα/Síbylla, Latin Sibylla).

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A. General Seer inspired by the gods from birth

In Greco-Roman culture Sibyls are an unspecified number of seers, inspired by the gods from birth, who retain their virginity throughout their life, grow very old, but are not immortal. They are sometimes mentioned in the same context as Apollo and in this show certain similarities to other prophetesses, such as Cassandra or the Pythia [1].

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Walde, Christine (Basle), “Sibyl”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1111620>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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