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-- The four chief sacred colleges, or societies, were the Keepers of the Sibylline Books, the College of Augurs, the College of
The gods themselves, he maintained, must be consulted as to the necessary measures to avert their displeasure, and he succeeded in getting a decree passed that the decemvirs should be ordered to consult the Sibylline Books, a course which is only adopted when the most alarming portents have been reported.
As neither a cause nor a cure could be found for its fatal ravages, the senate ordered the Sibylline Books to be consulted.
Owing to the unusual number of showers of stones which had fallen during the year, an inspection had been made of the Sibylline Books, and some oracular verses had been discovered which announced that whenever a foreign foe should carry war into Italy he could be driven out and conquered if the Mater Idaea were brought from Pessinus to Rome.
The supposed connection of the fourth Eclogue with the _Sibylline Books_, and through them, with the sacred wisdom of the Hebrews, of course placed Virgil on a different level from other heathens.
The Sibylline Books had declared that when a foreign enemy was in Italy, he could be driven out, if the
But the Sibylline Books burned, along with our fasti of the consuls, the original Twelve Tables, and much else.”
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