from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient city and Greek colony of south-central Italy near present-day Naples. Founded c. 750 B.C., it is the earliest Greek settlement known in Italy. Cumae adopted Roman culture after the second century B.C. and gradually declined as neighboring cities rose to power.

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  • proper n. An Ancient Greek, and then Roman, settlement near Naples famed for its sibyl.


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Latin Cūmae


  • She, they say, was of Babylonian extraction, being the daughter of Berosus, who wrote the Chaldaean History; and when she had crossed over (how, I know not) into the region of Campania, she there uttered her oracular sayings in a city called Cumae, six miles from

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • Apparently, he went to the city of Cumae, an old Greek city on the coast about twenty-five miles northwest of Vesuvius.

    The Spartacus War

  • Now if the scene of the dinner is actually at Cumae this sounds very peculiar; it might even be a gloss added by some copyist whose knowledge was not equal to his industry.


  • Mommsen, in an excellent paper (Hermes, 1878), has laid the scene at Cumae.


  • Tony and Annalisa visit the sit of the Sibylla of Cumae, a famous oracle centuries ago.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • The traditional dating for Zopyrus puts him in the first half of the fourth century (Marsden 1971, 98, n. 52), but Kingsley has convincingly argued that he was in fact active in the last quarter of the fifth century, when he designed artillery for Cumae and Miletus (1995, 150 ff.).


  • ‘I am satisfied with your stay at home, as Juvenal with his friend’s retirement to Cumae: I know that your absence is best, though it be not best for me.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • The most celebrated of the Sibyls is that of Cumae in Italy, whom some have called by the different names of

    Note: "Sybillae" from Lempriere's _Classical Dictionary_

  • According to this document, the city of Cumae in AEolia, was, at an early period, the seat of frequent immigrations from various parts of Greece.

    The Iliad of Homer

  • Hermaean plain, he arrived at Neon Teichos, the New Wall, a colony of Cumae.

    The Iliad of Homer


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