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An ancient city and Greek colony of south-central Italy near present-day Naples. Founded c. 750 bc, it was among the earliest Greek settlements in Italy. It later featured prominently in Roman legend as the site of a cave housing a sibyl.


(Historical Terms) the oldest Greek colony in Italy, founded about 750 bc near Naples
Cuˈmaean adj


(ˈkyu mi)

an ancient city in SW Italy, on the coast of Campania: believed to be the earliest Greek colony in Italy or Sicily.
Cu•mae′an, adj.
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Nero's Baths, the ruins of Baiae, the Temple of Serapis; Cumae, where the Cumaen Sybil interpreted the oracles, the Lake Agnano, with its ancient submerged city still visible far down in its depths--these and a hundred other points of interest we examined with critical imbecility, but the Grotto of the Dog claimed our chief attention, because we had heard and read so much about it.
Haec est Sibylla Cumana' (This is the Sibyl of Cumae) is a game book referring to the sybil, or prophetess, of Cumae in Naples, one of the more popular Sybilline temples in the ancient world.
Triarius at his estate in Cumae, where they debated the Epicurean belief that pleasure is the highest good (1.
You are sitting in a chair reading the Saturday Evening Post and thinking of a $4,000 plot about a middle-aged man who marries a not-as-young-as-she-once-was girl who turns out to be the Sibyl of Cumae from the masterpiece The Waste Land by Mr.
Originally the Neapolis (or New City) established by Greeks from nearby Cumae three thousand years ago, and a palimpsest of more than a dozen civilizations, Taylor marvels: "The wonder of the place is that it has not been annihilated by history" (5).
She remembers her past life as the Sibyl of Cumae, a Roman oracle whose powers are now being channeled by the Vatican to maintain world control.
Joanne Trickett, by email TRAVELsphere has an escorted tour that takes in Pompeii and Herculaneum, the museum in Naples and Mount Vesuvius - as well as Roman remains in Pozzuoli and Solfatara and western Europe's earliest Greek settlement at Cumae.
Frazer's The Golden Bough and Jessie Weston's From Ritual to Romance, relates to the land as the feminine counterpart of a king or lord; and (2) in the poem's epigraph which asserts a female symbol, the Sibyl of Cumae.
This was made visible through the inclusion of objects that once changed hands or traversed great distances in antiquity, such as the inscribed Etruscan helmet loaned by the British Museum that was taken as part of war spoils by Hieron I and dedicated at the temple of Zeus in Olympia following the defeat of the Etruscans in 474 BCE at Cumae.
387-412; for the publication of a supposed 23rd tablet from Cumae (excavated in 2006), see Carlo Gasparri, '23 Ky: un nuovo rilievo della serie delle "Tabulae Iliacae" dal Foro di Cuma', in Carlo Gasparri and Giovanna Greco (eds.
The golden bough becomes here a textual marker directing the reader to Virgil's Sibyl of Cumae who required it from Aeneas before he could gain entrance to the underworld (Aeneid 6.
In the epigraph the Sibyle of Cumae (a woman with prophetic powers who is aged but never died) looks at the future and proclaims that she only wants to die.