Thursday 25 February: The Sibyl’s Afterlives

This week Eirini Apanomeritaki introduces a discussion of adaptations of the myth of the Sibyl in literature.

In the session, we will discuss the ‘afterlife’ of the myth of the Cumaean Sibyl, the prophetess, who appears in both Virgil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The Sibyl guides Aeneas to the Underworld in Virgil’s epic, while in Ovid she tricks Apollo and she is, therefore, punished by the god; she is granted a long life but not eternal youth. Inspired by Ovid’s rendition of the myth, Margaret Atwood re-imagines the Sibyl in the modern world and narrates the aftermath of her affair with Apollo in her short story ‘The Elysium Lifestyle Mansions’.

Atwood, Margaret, ‘The Elysium Lifestyle Mansions’, in Ovid Metamorphosed, ed. by Philip Terry (London: Chatto & Windus, 2000), pp. 206-213

Ovid, ‘Aeneas and the Sibyl of Cumae’, in Metamorphoses, Book XIV, 101-153

Virgil, ‘The Cumaean Sibyl’, in Aeneid, Book 6

Poster and texts:

M.Atwood.The Elysium Lifestyle Mansions

The Sibyl of Cumae in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Additional reading:

The Cumaean Sibyl in Virgil’s Aeneid

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3 Responses to Thursday 25 February: The Sibyl’s Afterlives

  1. Pingback: Thursday 25 February: The Sibyl’s Afterlives – Mohenjo-Daro

  2. That looks interesting. I can’t go but will it be written up on the blog?

    • essexmyth says:

      Thank you for your interest. We won’t be able to post a summary on this occasion, but we may provide some text for our sessions and open seminars in future.

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