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.
For example, Homer never explains Agamemnon's comment that Calchas has a habit of making evil prophecies (Iliad I 106).
After all, in this instance, the seer Calchas had not advised a human sacrifice, the Gods of Olympus were not angry about the collapse of the co-op bank as they did not consider it sacred.
However, I found baritone-bass David Turcotte's soothsayer, Calchas, less convincing.
And (about) the wonderful love of Troilus and the beautiful Cressida, daughter of Calchas, who was a traitor.] On the last page of van Doesborch's Die historie vanden stercken Hercules, readers are again reminded of this third romance:
As Agamemnon, Ulysses, Nestor, Diomedes, Ajax, and Calchas enter in 2.3, Achilles retreats into his tent, saying, "I'll speak with nobody.
Furthermore, he was the one that promised protection to the clairvoyant Calchas in order to reveal the truth (he knew that Agamemnon was responsible for Apollo's wrath and so he was afraid of announcing it).