Sibylline books
Sibylline Sib"yl*line, a. [L. sibyllinus.] Pertaining to the sibyls; uttered, written, or composed by sibyls; like the productions of sibyls. [1913 Webster]

{Sibylline books}. (a) (Rom. Antiq.) Books or documents of prophecies in verse concerning the fate of the Roman empire, said to have been purchased by Tarquin the Proud from a sibyl. (b) Certain Jewish and early Christian writings purporting to have been prophetic and of sibylline origin. They date from 100 b. c. to a. d. 500. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sibylline Books — plural noun Prophetic books said to have been offered to the Roman king Tarquinius Superbus by the Sibyl of Cumae, of which he ultimately bought three for the price he had refused to give for nine, these three being held in the Capitol and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sibylline Books — n. a number of oracular manuscripts consulted regularly by the ancient Romans and thought to have been written by the sibyl of Cumae * * * …   Universalium

  • Sibylline Books — n. a number of oracular manuscripts consulted regularly by the ancient Romans and thought to have been written by the sibyl of Cumae …   English World dictionary

  • Sibylline Books — The Sibylline Books or Libri Sibyllini were a collection of oracular utterances, set out in Greek hexameters, purchased from a sibyl by the last king of Rome, Tarquinius Superbus, and consulted at momentous crises through the history of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Sibylline Books — /sɪbəlaɪn ˈbʊks/ (say sibuhluyn books) plural noun Roman History a collection of nine oracular volumes offered for sale at a high price by the Cumaean sibyl to Tarquinius Superbus, who refused them. The sibyl burnt three and offered the remaining …   Australian English dictionary

  • Sibylline — Sib yl*line, a. [L. sibyllinus.] Pertaining to the sibyls; uttered, written, or composed by sibyls; like the productions of sibyls. [1913 Webster] {Sibylline books}. (a) (Rom. Antiq.) Books or documents of prophecies in verse concerning the fate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sibylline oracles — c. 1616 17 depiction of a Sibyl by Domenichino This article is about the Sibylline Oracles. For the books, see Sibylline Books. The Sibylline Oracles (sometimes called the pseudo Sibylline Oracles ) are a collection of oracular utterances written …   Wikipedia

  • Sibylline Oracles — ▪ prophecies       collection of oracular (oracle) prophecies in which Jewish or Christian doctrines were allegedly confirmed by a sibyl (legendary Greek prophetess); the prophecies were actually the work of certain Jewish and Christian writers… …   Universalium

  • sibylline — adj. 1 of or from a sibyl. 2 oracular; prophetic. Phrases and idioms: the Sibylline books a collection of oracles belonging to the ancient Roman State and used for guidance by magistrates etc. Etymology: L Sibyllinus (as SIBYL) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sibylline Oracles — • The name given to certain collections of supposed prophecies, emanating from the sibyls or divinely inspired seeresses, which were widely circulated in antiquity Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Sibylline Oracles     S …   Catholic encyclopedia

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