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[tahy-ree-see-uh s] /taɪˈri si əs/


or Teiresias

[tahy-ree-see-uh s] /taɪˈri si əs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a blind prophet, usually said to have been blinded because he saw Athena bathing, and then to have been awarded the gift of prophecy as a consolation for his blindness. Unabridged
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  • First he must go to the land of the dead to consult the shade of Teiresias, the blind old prophet, who would help him.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • Then Teiresias was stung past bearing, and would hold his tongue no longer.

    Children of the Dawn Elsie Finnimore Buckley
  • What better is this than the absurd vaticination of Teiresias?

  • Meanwhile, she would like to hear the prophecy of Teiresias.

  • Warned by the seer Teiresias Creon repents him and hurries to release Antigone from her rocky prison.

  • Warned by the prophet Teiresias, he gives way, but too late.

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
  • Like Œdipus, he treats the warnings of Teiresias with scorn, and persists in his criminal persecution of the dead Polyneices.

  • And can it be said that the others, apart from Teiresias, had really overcome death?

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • More particularly you must promise that Teiresias shall have a black sheep all to himself, the finest in all your flocks.

    The Odyssey Homer
  • Each word uttered by Teiresias is pregnant with terrific revelation.

British Dictionary definitions for Teiresias


(Greek myth) a blind soothsayer of Thebes, who revealed to Oedipus that the latter had murdered his father and married his mother
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Teiresias in Culture
Tiresias [(teye-ree-see-uhs)]

In classical mythology, the blind prophet who revealed the truth of the crimes of Oedipus. According to the Roman poet Ovid, Tiresias spent part of his life as a man and part of it as a woman, so he knew the act of love from both points of view. When asked by Jupiter and Juno who enjoyed sex more, he answered that women did. This answer so enraged Juno that she blinded Tiresias.

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