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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.
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.
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.
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.
Some specific chapter topics include the Aeneid and Greek epic, Dante's Vergil in limbo, the critical reception of the Aeneid, the innocence of Italy the Aeneid, and Vergil and the sibyl of Cumae.
So, on the basis we're unlikely to find the Sybil of Cumae wandering down Old Hall Street, I think I'll stick my own neck out and make a very cautious prediction: no rise in rates until next year.
The story is old-school mythology, with the goddess Diana displeased with her adherents in the city of Cumae, ordering two lovers sacrificed annually to a monster until a faithful swain offers to replace them.
The Sibyl of Cumae, wooed by Apollo, was offered a year of life for every grain of sand she could gather in one hand.
In The Waste Land-which, it should be noted, originally opened with an epigraph not from chapter forty-eight of the Satyricon by Petronius but Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness--encounter several seers: The Sibyl of Cumae, Tiresias, and "Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyant," to name just three, each of whom formerly had transcendent perspective but now has only limited perception tempered by the knowledge of what it was like to see and understand everything.
In Larry Levis's poem "Elegy with A Thimbleful of Water in the Cage," the poet's friend tells of the Sibyl of Cumae, granted eternal life but without youth, withering smaller with age, but protected in a bird's cage, passed down generation to generation, even into the recent past.