(urth) Lake of Birds
dstockhoff at verizon.net
Sun May 20 12:30:01 PDT 2012
On 5/20/2012 3:18 PM, Dave Lebling wrote:
> I have always felt that the Cumaean is in fact the same as the Roman
> one, as literally as it is possible to be in an ostensibly different
> universe. It has been argued multiple times that she is an alien
> (cacogen/heirodule/...). In our history the Cumaean Sibyls were famous
> for holding the books of prophecies which she ("not a native of the
> country") offered to King Tarquin of Rome, with instructive results,
> then "disappeared." How SFnal can you get without an actual spaceship?
I like it. There is of course no Cumae in BNS and no explanation of her
> Given what goes on in the Botanic Gardens, the idea that the Cumaean
> and her cave might be a survival from a history not unlike our own
> seems an easy step.
> As for the idea that the medieval belief that the Cumaean prophesied
> Christ, and that that is "the link," where does she do so in TBotNS?
> It is not all about Christ; TBotNS is not a Christian apologetic.
She doesn't that I can see, and she doesn't need to, for the reasons you
give. But I think BNS is all about existence before-Christ, as Lee has
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