In the Judeo-Christian tradition there are people of Divine Insight who do evil, such as the Diviner Balaam.

I'm wondering if there are Greco-Roman examples like this, especially regarding the Sibyls?

  • What exactly do you mean by evil? Prophets that intentionally twist people and lead them the wrong way for personal gain? Seers that use their powers to steal without ever being seen? Sibyls that would charge a price for prophecies and take away from amount when told no and still charge the same price? Or just those that can see the future and are enemies (or cursed/disliked) by the gods? – Andrew Johnson Oct 23 '18 at 22:49
  • @AndrewJohnson All of the above. Are there that many? – Johan88 Oct 24 '18 at 2:36
  • The first two I mentioned, no, not that I remember. (I just got out of Basic Combat Training, so my Greek mythology needs a major brush up.) But the other two I have come across. But, I wouldn't really call them evil. Apollo would give the gift of prophecy to women he liked, and if they didn't return his love, he would curse them. Only one comes to mind at this time, that being Cassandra of Troy. – Andrew Johnson Oct 27 '18 at 3:15
  • One women who already had the gift of prophecy caught the eye of Apollo. He came down and said, "I love you. I will grant you a wish and you will be mine." Or something like that. This woman was known as the Virgin of Cumaean, a priestess. She picked up sand and asked for as many years as grains she held. The wish was granted, but she did not lay with him. Apollo could not take back his gift, nor did he curse her because she was already cursed. She lived the years, but did not retain her beauty. – Andrew Johnson Oct 27 '18 at 3:28
  • The Virgin of Cumaean was the sibyl that offered a king books/scrolls of prophecy at a high price. He refused, she burned three. She offered again at the same price. He refused, she burned three. With three remaining, she offered once more at the same price. He accepted. (Though, now I have to ask a question on this because the Cumaean Sybil wrote prophecies on oak leaves.) – Andrew Johnson Oct 27 '18 at 3:32

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