Melampus

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Melampus

(mĭlăm`pəs), in Greek mythology, seer who understood the speech of all creatures. It was said that he introduced the worship of Dionysus into Greece.
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VIVIENNE GRAY discusses Herodotos' Melampous the seer (9.33-4), a Homeric character without the trappings of mythology, who is cited as the exemplum, the prophet behind and before Tisamenos, the Spartan seer at Plataia.
Authors analyze stories that mention legendary figures--like Kyros, Helen, Proteus, Melampous, Minos, Deiokes, ancestors of the Medes and Persians--more than they anatomize references to mythical Zeus or Poseidon.
Farnell, among those who received these honours the following sub-groups can be discerned: 'heroes of divine or daimonic origin' (such as Trophonius, Linus, Ino-Leucothea); 'sacral heroes' (Aineias, Iphigeneia, Amphiaraus, Melampous); 'functional heroes', whose names are in fact nothing more than appellative epithets; and also Heracles, the Dioscuroi, Asclepius, each of whom is taken as a category in his own right; the heroes of the Homeric epics; and, finally, historical figures who became objects of a hero-cult.(23)