The Oracle – Cumaean Sibyl – Prophetess and Guide to the Underworld

The Oracle of Apollo, the Cumaean Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle at Cumae, a Greek colony located near Naples, Italy. A Prophetess, seer of ancient Greece.
The word sibyl comes (via Latin) from the ancient Greek word sibylla, meaning prophetess. There were many sibyls in different locations throughout the ancient world. Because of the importance of the Cumaean Sibyl in the legends of early Rome as codified in Virgil’s Aeneid 6, and because of her proximity to Rome, the Cumaean Sibyl became the most famous among the Romans. The Erythraean Sibyl from modern-day Turkey was famed among Greeks, as was the oldest Hellenic oracle, the Sibyl of Dodona, possibly dating to the second millennium BC according to Herodotus, favored in the east. The Cumaean Sibyl is one of the four sibyls painted by Raphael at Santa Maria della Pace . She was also painted by Andrea del Castagno now held at the Uffizi Gallery, and in the Sistine Ceiling of Michelangelo her powerful presence overshadows every other sibyl, even her younger and more beautiful sisters, such as the Delphic Sibyl. There are various names for the Cumaean Sibyl besides the “Herophile” of Pausanias and Lactantius or the Aeneid’s “Deiphobe, daughter of Glaucus” “Amaltheia”, “Demophile” or “Taraxandra” are all offered in various references. _lease watch the video for more information on the Prophetess known as the Cumaean Sibyl and much more from Greek mythology here at mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY on Youtube.

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