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Tiresias(tīrē`shəs, –sēəs), in Greek mythology, a blind soothsayer who appears in many legends. According to one myth, when he saw Athena bathing she blinded him, but by way of compensation granted him prophetic powers. Another story is that Hera blinded him for disparaging her sex when he claimed that women enjoyed love more than men; Zeus then recompensed him with long life and the power of prophecy.
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prophet who lived as man and a woman. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 255–256]
made sightless by Athena for viewing her nakedness. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1086]
blind and greatest of all mythological prophets. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 255; Gk. Lit.: Antigone; Odyssey; Oedipus Tyrannus]
saw two snakes copulating and was changed into a woman. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 1576]
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