Waluburg
(180 words)

[German version]

(Βαλουβουργ; Baloubourg). Semnonian seer ('Sibyl'), mentioned on an AD 2nd-century óstrakon from Elephantine (in Egypt): Βαλουβουργ Σήνονι σιβύλλᾳ (SB III 6221). The inscription contains a list of people on the staff of the praefectus Aegypti ; W. was therefore in Roman service and may have been responsible for interpreting omens and soothsaying. Her name may trace back to Gothic *walus (pilgrim's/traveller's staff or magic wand).

Other Germanic women seers probably also had political roles beyond their tribes, e.g. Ganna, a successor to Veleda, who was receiv…

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Spickermann, Wolfgang (Bochum), “Waluburg”, 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 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12208850>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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