A Summary and Analysis of the Myth of Tiresias

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

In Greek mythology and literature, Tiresias was a seer or soothsayer. In other words, he was a prophet. How he attained the gift of prophecy, however, is a curious one, and worth exploring, so in this post we’re going to take a look at the myths surrounding the figure of Tiresias, and his role in classical and more recent literature.

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