Hellespontine Sibyl

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Montfoort's rendering of the Hellespontine Sibyl
Stutue in Scalzi, Venice

The Hellespontine Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle at Dardania. The Sibyl is sometimes referred to as the Trojan Sibyl. The word Sibyl comes (via Latin) from the ancient Latin word sibylla, meaning prophetess or oracle. There were many Sibyls in the ancient world but this one is known for her prediction of the Crucifixion, and is usually shown standing beside a Cross.

The Hellespontian Sibyl was born in the village of Marpessos near the small town of Gergis, during the lifetimes of Solon and Cyrus the Great. According to Heraclides of Pontus, Marpessus was formerly within the boundaries of the Troad.

The sibylline collection at Gergis was attributed to the Hellespontine Sibyl and preserved in the temple of Apollo at Gergis. Later it passed to Erythrae, where it became famous.