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Sibyls: Prophecy and Power in the Ancient World

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Publisher Comments:

Sibyls--from the Greek word for prophetess--commanded a remarkable amount of respect and devotion in the ancient world for their ability to foretell the future. And even as they receded from myths and stories, they remained an inspiration to many of history's greatest artists. In his definitive and erudite book, Jorge Guillermo tracks the story of Sibyls through polytheism (in Greece and Rome), paganism, and into the seemingly disparate tenets of Christianity. With a remarkably rich set of historical and artistic examples that range from Homer to Virgil, from Boccaccio to Michelangelo, Guillermo pays tribute to the surprising and enduring history of these singular women.

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"Guillermo (Cuba: Five Hundred Years of Images) goes in depth into the ancient world as he studies the prophetesses known as sibyls in this disappointedly crafted book. The precise premise of the book is unclear; it adheres to two general, somewhat underdeveloped theses about the importance of women in ancient religions and the fusion between ancient religions and Christianity. In spite of the book's rocky introduction and conclusion, Guillermo's expertise on sibyls themselves becomes clear in the middle chapters. Here, he focuses each chapter on a different significant sibyl, from the Delphic Sibyl, known for revealing to Oedipus his unfortunate destiny, to the Cumaean Sibyl who supposedly lived hundreds of years as a gift from Apollo. Guillermo explores the sibyls' origins, known characteristics, and any other stories about the sibyls available in these exhaustive and well-researched sections. Unfortunately, the book is muddled by an unclear chronology, disorienting combination of fact and myth, and strange employment of quotations that feel like tangents. Guillermo's book can be useful for those seeking specific knowledge on sibyls, but its structural issues will prove too great an obstacle for casual readers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From myth to myth, and over thousands of years, few archetypes have so captured the imaginations of readers as that of the Sibyl.

About the Author

Jorge Guillermo left his native Havana during the Cuban revolution and has lived in many countries since. He holds several degrees in theology and architectural history from prestigious North American and European universities. He is the author of Cuba: Five Hundred Years of Images.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781468306842
Author:
Guillermo, Jorge
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
Humanities » Mythology » Classical
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling
Metaphysics » General
Metaphysics » Nostradamus and Other Prophecies
Religion » Christianity » Prophecy
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Guillermo (Cuba: Five Hundred Years of Images) goes in depth into the ancient world as he studies the prophetesses known as sibyls in this disappointedly crafted book. The precise premise of the book is unclear; it adheres to two general, somewhat underdeveloped theses about the importance of women in ancient religions and the fusion between ancient religions and Christianity. In spite of the book's rocky introduction and conclusion, Guillermo's expertise on sibyls themselves becomes clear in the middle chapters. Here, he focuses each chapter on a different significant sibyl, from the Delphic Sibyl, known for revealing to Oedipus his unfortunate destiny, to the Cumaean Sibyl who supposedly lived hundreds of years as a gift from Apollo. Guillermo explores the sibyls' origins, known characteristics, and any other stories about the sibyls available in these exhaustive and well-researched sections. Unfortunately, the book is muddled by an unclear chronology, disorienting combination of fact and myth, and strange employment of quotations that feel like tangents. Guillermo's book can be useful for those seeking specific knowledge on sibyls, but its structural issues will prove too great an obstacle for casual readers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From myth to myth, and over thousands of years, few archetypes have so captured the imaginations of readers as that of the Sibyl.
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