- Latin Sibylla, Ancient Greek Σίβυλλα ("sibyl") , name of ancient Greek prophetesses. (Wiktionary)
“The derivation and meaning of the name Sibyl are still subjects of controversy among antiquarians.”
“A woman whom they called Sibyl, gifted with divine inspiration, came to Rome bringing [Sidenote: FRAG.”
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“They were supposedly made by a PROPHETESS called Sibyl, and eventually gathered together in Rome where they were consulted in times of crisis, until their destruction in 405.”
“It may be that the so-called Sibyl had caught something of the same hope which led the Magi of the East to the cradle of the infant Messiah, but in any case the eclogue voiced a vague expectation which prevailed throughout the Roman Empire.”
“I call you my Sibyl, dearest, because the Sibyl was a prophetess of divine things out of the Church; and so are you.”
“Standing as the heirs of all the ages on this elevated vantage-ground and looking back upon the long course of the centuries -- upon the eventful future of the Sibyl, which is the past to us -- it seems a matter of course that the world should have spun down the ringing grooves of change as it has done; and we fancy that this must have been obvious to the world's gray fathers.”
“Humph! I'm afraid the Sibyl is the only person capable of interpreting these.”
“The family name is unknown of this great seeress and prophetess, called the Sibyl of the Rhine.”
“We have an aristocracy of language, whose phrases, like the West-End men of "Sibyl," are effeminate, extravagant, conventional, and prematurely worn-out.”
“Her form, small and wonderfully graceful, was outlined against the back of the chair like the "Sibyl" of Velasquez.”
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