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Tiresias, the blind seer from Thebes

Tiresias , the blind seer from Thebes

Tiresias, the Blind Seer with the Sixth Sense

Tiresias was a blind seer from Thebes, Greece. He was famous for his extraordinary prophetic powers, his talent for interpreting the language of birds, and his longevity: according to legend, Tiresias lived for six to nine generations, earning the respect of his contemporaries.

The Family of Tiresias

Tiresias was the son of Everes, a shepherd, and of the Nymph Chariclo, a close friend of goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Tiresias was a descendant of the Spartoi, who were created by the teeth of a dragon.

The Blindness of Tiresias

Many contradictory stories are told about the cause of Tiresias' blindness.

According to one myth, Tiresias was blinded by the gods because he spread among men what the gods wished to keep hidden.

According to another myth, Tiresias was blinded by the goddess Athena because he happened to see her naked.

According to another version by Hesiod, Tiresias was blinded by Hera because he told her that women took more pleasure in love than men.

The Prophecies of Tiresias

Some of the prophecies of Tiresias were:

-that Heracles would one day perform many heroic deeds.

-that Odysseus would have many adventures on his way home, but would one day manage to return to his native Ithaca and die of old age, far from the sea.

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