Monday, July 16, 2007

A Myth...

I love classical literature. One of my favorite myths can be found in Ovid's Metamorphoses. I have been thinking about this one a lot lately. It's the myth of the Cumaean Sibyl. She was one of the most powerful prophetesses of the time and lived in a cave with a hundred openings (which has actually been found). Apparently the Sibyl entered into an agreement with Apollo. She grasped a handful of sand and said that she wished to live a year for each grain of sand in her palm. He granted the wish. However, he did not bestow eternal youth as well. Eventually her body whithered away until she was nothing but her voice, and her voice alone. Some say that if you stand at one of the mouths of the Cumaean Caves, that a voice can be heard in the rushing winds and it is her voice.

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