Halitherses


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Halitherses

Ithacan seer; ornithologist. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 46]
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The people wondered as they saw them, and asked each other what all this might be; whereon Halitherses, who was the best prophet and reader of omens among them, spoke to them plainly and in all honesty, saying:
Now, therefore, do you people go about your business, and let his father's old friends, Mentor and Halitherses, speed this boy on his journey, if he goes at all--which I do not think he will, for he is more likely to stay where he is till some one comes and tells him something.
Similarly, in the Ithacan assembly in Odyssey 2 Halitherses interprets the omen of quarreling eagles as confirming the prophecy he issued twenty years ago that Odysseus would return in twenty years (Od.
452 this formula is applied to Halitherses, when Odysseus and the Ithacans are being reconciled after the slaughter of the suitors.