Thursday, 5 June 2014

Sibyl


"Sibyl and The Ruins of Rome" by Giovanni Pannini


Origin: Latin
Meaning: "prophetess"
Gender: Feminine
Pronunciation: SIB-əl

In ancient Greece, the Sibyls where oracular women believed to have prophetic powers under the influence of a deity. In the Middle Ages the Christians embraced the sibyls and several where made into saints. Historians says that the sibyls where only known from legends, and that there's no proof of there existence.

In Roman mythology, there was a sibyl who dwelt in Cumae in Italy. It is said that she was the one who sold to Tarquinius Superbus, the last king of Rome, the Sibylline books, a group of oracles that detailed Rome's destiny.

The Sibylline Oracles are a collection of oracles of Judeo-Christian origin. Fourteen books and eight fragments of Sibylline Oracles survive.

   Related names:

Sibilla - Italian
Sibylla - German, Greek, Late Roman, Swedish
Sibylle - French, German
Sybil - English
Sybila - Polish, Late Roman
Sybille - French, German

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