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7Jan, 2015

Is Medical Technology Creating Cumaean Sibyls?

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In T.S. Eliot’s epic poem “the Wasteland” which is rife with recollections of youth & anticipatory images of death, the narrator begins with a quote from Petronius’s fictional work Satyricon. The character Trimalchio comes upon the mythic Cumaean Sibyl who had asked a God to live forever, but forgot to ask for perpetual youth. She achieved immortality but at the price of the deterioration of her body into dust with only her voice still intact. When Trimalchio asks the Sybil, who is in a jar hanging from a tree limb, […]