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.
When Halitherses interprets the eagles (2.146-47), the suitors threaten to inflict bodily harm on Telemachus and to penalize the seer with a fine.
452 this formula is applied to Halitherses, when Odysseus and the Ithacans are being reconciled after the slaughter of the suitors.