Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Sibyl's Cave in Cumae

OLD TESTAMENT PSEUDEPIGRAPHA GEOGRAPHY?The Cave of the Sibyl. (Heritage Daily). HT Rogue Classicism.
The Cave of the Sibyl is a subterranean complex beneath the ancient city of Cumae, located on the outskirts of the present-day Metropolitan City of Naples in Campania, Italy.

The cave has been associated with the Cumaean Sibyl, a priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle, who according to legend, prophesied from the depths of the earth beneath the temple to Apollo, where she wrote her prophecies on leaves that were then displayed at the cave’s entrance.


For a PaleoJudaica post discussing the Cumaean Sibyl and another discovery at Cumae, see here. This is the first time I remember seeing her cave.

The Roman Sibylline oracles are virtually entirely lost, but ancient Jews and Christians adopted the Sibyl as their own prophetess and composed various oracles in her name. These are generally filed as Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. For more posts on the ancient Sibylline oracles, start in the links in the above post, plus here, here, and here.

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