Women Give Fresh Breath Of Life To Ancient Goddess

Homage is being paid to one of the greatest goddesses of the past, in the mountains of Central Italy. The Cybil or Cybele was the Magna Mater, the Mother of the Gods in the far east and then later in the Mediterranean according to Herodotus. Herodotus describes the sacking of the Cybele temple at Sardis in 498 B.C., which was apparently a magnificent structure 'formed of blocks of white marble of an enormous size' (Herodotus, Everyman's Library 1910:435).The historian Domenico Francesconi...

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