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Title: Sibyllina Erasmi Schmidii Graec: & Mathem: Professoris, In Tria Tmh'mata Distributa, 1. De Sibyllis ipsis. 2. De Libris Sibyllinis in genere. 3. De Librorum Sibyllinorum qui adhuc extant, autoritate. Et in diversis Panegyribus Philosophicis, in almâ Leucoreâ, postulante officio, publicè recitata.
Description: Wittebergae (Wittenberg), Typis Seuberlichianis, Impensis haeredum Samuelis Selfischij, 1618. pet. in-12 : 56 ff. (papier un peu roussi, quelques cernes de mouillures marginales anciennes, cela sans gravité). cartonnage bradel, papier jaune, tranches rouges (reliure postérieure). BON EXEMPLAIRE DE L'EDITION ORIGINALE DE CE RARE OPUSCULE SUR LES SIBYLLES - Texte en latin, et grec. "The lutherian scholar Erasmus Schmidius who was professor of greek in Wittenberg delivered three lectures on the Sibylline Oracles (..). In the first two lectures, given in 1607 and 1608, Schmidius discussed the prophetess Sibyl and the "Libri Sibyllini" in Rome, in 1617, Schmidius gave his third lecture entitled "De Librorum Sibyllinorum, qui adhuc extant, autoritate". This lecture contains a reply to a thesis defended by one Samuel Meisius. Meisius had explicitly stated that the extant Sibylline Oracles should be considered christian frauds. He had argued that the extant Sibylline prophecies are too detailed in their descriptions of the future they pretend to predict, and that their literary quality is mediocre. Meisius had also contended that according to the Sibylline oracles, the Sibyl lived in Babylon in the time of the Flood. Before God dispersed the human race (after the building of the tower of Babylon), no other language was spoken than Hebrew. Consequently, if the Sibyl had really lived in Babylon at that time, she would not have spoken greek, but hebrew. Schmidius contest this view because, according to him there is enough pre-christian evidence to prove that the expert Sibylline are genuine pagan prophecies" (Rieuwerd Buitenwerf, "Book III of the Sibylline Oracles and its social setting", Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2003).


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