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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Cumae.


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  • It appears in a picture she finds at the Palazzo Borghese in Rome: the beautiful, passionate southern Cumaean Sibyl painted by Domenichino (circa 1620) with whom she immediately identifies.

    The Great de Staël

  • Her priestesses were famous astrologers, whose prophecies were circulated throughout the Roman empire and even rivaled the pronouncements of the Cumaean sybils.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • The Sybils lived and died virgins; in addressing the Cumaean


  • In astoundingly contradictory fashion Hitchens knocks Eliot and Pound for the Cumaean Sybil, whose presence somehow "robs the poem" of its "claim … to modernity," though he previously suggested that Eliot was in fact too reliant on the daily minutiae of recent events, a mere "Columbus of the near-at-hand."

    Letters to the Editor

  • It wasn't so in 1922, and the death wish of the Cumaean Sybil, substituted by Pound, rather robs the poem of its main retrospective claim, which is to modernity.

    A Breath of Dust

  • After touching at the port of Carteria, in the Phocaeid, and dining, they went on along the Cumaean coast and supped at Arginusae, on the continent over against Mitylene.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • But the main substance rests on the truths contained in these poetic rhapsodies, and the divine intuition which the Cumaean damsel obtained from heaven.

    Introduction, I.1

  • We visited the so called Elysian Fields and Avernus: and wandered through various ruined temples, baths, and classic spots; at length we entered the gloomy cavern of the Cumaean Sibyl.

    Introduction, I.1

  • Doubtless the leaves of the Cumaean Sibyl have suffered distortion and diminution of interest and excellence in my hands.

    The Last Man

  • Were they once flesh-and-blood creatures, now turned to wood by the touch of some craftsman-class Midas or the stare of some unknown species of Gorgon—but, unlike the victims of Medusa and her sisters, still able to live, in fact, as far as we can tell, condemned like the Cumaean Sibyl to live forever?

    Hard Road


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