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Montfoort's rendering of the Samian Sibyl. Engraving by Philip Galle (1537, Haarlem – 1612, Antwerp) after a design by Antonius Bloclandt (1533/4, Montfoort – 1583, Utrecht). From a series of copperplate engravings of sibyls, published at Antwerp, 1575, Cf. http://www.carleton.ca/gallery/sibyls/list.htm

The Samian Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle near Hera's temple on the Isle of Samos, a Greek colony.

The word Sibyl comes (via Latin) from the ancient Greek word sibylla, meaning prophetess. There were many Sibyls in the ancient world but she is the one who prophesied the Birth of Jesus in the stable.

The Samian Sibyl, by name Phemonoe, or Phyto of whom Eratosthenes wrote.

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