Veleda was an ancient German prophetess. Tacitus said of her "she exercises a great authority, for women have been held here for the most ancient times to be prophetic, and by excessive superstition, as divine. The fame of Veleda stood on the very highest elevation, for she foretold to the Germans a prosperous issue, but to the legions their destruction. Veleda dwelt upon a high tower, whence messengers were dispatched bearing her oracular counsels to those who sought them, but she herself was rarely seen and none was allowed to approach her. Cercalis is said to have secretly begged her to let the Romans have better success in war. The Romans, as well as those of her own race, set great store on her prophecies and sent her valuable gifts. In the reign of the Emperor Vespasian she was honoured as a goddess".