Teiresias


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Tei·re·si·as

 (tī-rē′sē-əs)
n.
Variant of Tiresias.

Ti•re•si•as

or Tei•re•si•as

(taɪˈri si əs)

n.
(in Greek myth) a blind prophet of Thebes.
References in classic literature ?
You must go to the house of Hades and of dread Proserpine to consult the ghost of the blind Theban prophet Teiresias, whose reason is still unshaken.
More particularly you must promise that Teiresias shall have a black sheep all to himself, the finest in all your flocks.
Then draw your sword and sit there, so as to prevent any other poor ghost from coming near the split blood before Teiresias shall have answered your questions.
When I had got the men together I said to them, 'You think you are about to start home again, but Circe has explained to me that instead of this, we have got to go to the house of Hades and Proserpine to consult the ghost of the Theban prophet Teiresias.
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.
Teiresias blurts out his accusation of Oedipus in anger, despite his resolution to "say nothing further," and then observes that he "spoke against his will.
Oedipus subjects a series of unwilling citizens to questioning, including blind prophet Teiresias.
Odysseus's year-long idyll with Circe is a period of stasis like unto death, but the time is not wasted: she prophesies that he and his crew will have to visit the Underworld so that they can confer with Teiresias on how to get themselves back to Ithaka.
In Sophocles it is more pronounced in case of Creon and Teiresias.
When asked why the ghost of Odysseus' mother did not speak to the Greek hero, Teiresias replied:
533) in order to contact Teiresias demands fulfilment in Odyssey 11.
When Odysseus descends to the underworld in Book XI of the Odyssey, he meets the Prophet Teiresias and his own mother, who are both able to tell him what will happen to him on the rest of his way home.