Sibylline Books

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Sibylline Books

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(Classical Myth & Legend) (in ancient Rome) a collection of prophetic sayings, supposedly bought from the Cumaean sibyl, bearing upon Roman policy and religion
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The sibylline prophecies enjoyed a special status in imperial Rome because they were written down, and "the Roman empire," David Potter reminds us, "was an empire of the written word" (95).
Both Dove and Geveren cited Sibylline prophecies, and even Henry Howard, whose book, A defensative against the poyson of supposed Prophesies, attacked the vogue for prophetical and astrological speculation exemplified by the writings of Richard Harvey and others, grudgingly acknowledged the patristic testimony in the Sibyls' favour and concluded that on this account, if no other, 'we should admitte them .
Although Ohana's piece poses few insurmountable technical difficulties for the individual singers or for the coordination of the choral ensemble - the flexible rhythmic notation allows the performers considerable leeway in lining up the four parts - it nevertheless presents a genuine challenge to the chorus by demanding a convincing delivery of the wordless text that effectively captures and projects the varied ritualistic moods of the three sibylline prophecies.