The Sibyl and Her Scribes

The Sibyl and Her Scribes

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The Sibylla Tiburtina is a Latin prophecy attributed to a prophetess from classical antiquity. It concludes with an account of the End of History, involving the coming of Antichrist and his battle with a Last World Emperor. Approximately 100 manuscripts written between the mid-11th and the 16th centuries survive which testify to the Tiburtina's immense popularity in the medieval West; as such it is a key text for understanding medieval apocalypticism and occupies an important place in the intellectual history of the Middle Ages. This book not only re-examines the Tiburtina as a vehicle for expressing contemporary political concerns triggered by crises thought to herald the End of the World, but offers a new approach by placing it, for the first time, in the context of medieval traditions which saw Sibylline prophecy as independent, non-Christian evidence of Christ's life and as confirmation of His divinity. As is shown, these traditions had a major impact on the reception of the Tiburtina. The book concludes with a repertory of the manuscripts, together with brief outlines of individual textual traditions as represented in groups of manuscripts, which will constitute a valuable reference source for other scholars.... section (Acrostic): The most obvious textual parallel between the Sibylline Tradition and the Tiburtina is the acrostic poem about Judgement Day ... Saints in their body and soul freedom and light shall inherit: Those who are guilty shall burn in fire and brimstone for ever. ... Sounding the archangela#39;s trumpet shall peal down from heaven, Over the wicked who groan in their guilt and their manifold sorrows.

Title:The Sibyl and Her Scribes
Author:Anke Holdenried
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2006


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