Calchas


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Calchas

(ˈkælkæs)
n
(European Myth & Legend) Greek myth a soothsayer who assisted the Greeks in the Trojan War
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With these words he sat down, and Calchas son of Thestor, wisest of augurs, who knew things past present and to come, rose to speak.
And Achilles answered, "Fear not, but speak as it is borne in upon you from heaven, for by Apollo, Calchas, to whom you pray, and whose oracles you reveal to us, not a Danaan at our ships shall lay his hand upon you, while I yet live to look upon the face of the earth--no, not though you name Agamemnon himself, who is by far the foremost of the Achaeans.
His heart was black with rage, and his eyes flashed fire as he scowled on Calchas and said, "Seer of evil, you never yet prophesied smooth things concerning me, but have ever loved to foretell that which was evil.
Placed in an envelope, and addressed to Fouquet, it had not even been divined by Planchet, who in divination was equal to Calchas or the Pythian Apollo.
Its subject, however, seems to have been the histories of famous seers like Mopsus, Calchas, and Teiresias, and it probably took its name from Melampus, the most famous of them all.
31) The fact that the sacrifice occurred in response to an oracle communicated from Artemis through the seer Calchas should not be adduced as an a priori justification for human sacrifice.
Tristan Jones was a physically and vocally impressive Agamemnon, especially in Act III, where he clumped around in sparkly trunks and flippers, and Ronan MacParland was impressive in the comic role of the high priest, Calchas.
He says, for example, that Agamemnon's sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia was wrong; Agamemnon should not have listened to the priest Calchas.
Berry, a senior British stage and radio comic, as the prophet Calchas.
One of the contestants is Calchas, who was the chief prophet accompanying the Greek forces attacking Troy--he is credited by Homer with discerning the cause of the plague in their camp and with foretelling the length of the war, among other things.
Ignoring repeated use of epithets, and using combinations, Paris is depicted as a godlike ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), woman-mad ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) seducer, Hephaestus as the skilled ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) and resourceful ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) god, and Calchas as the prudent ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) prophet.
Calchas - the subject of Richard Woodman's book, Blue Funnel Voyage East - is returning from the Far East, after unloading at Liverpool and Glasgow.