You might easily mistake him for a crazy dude spouting gibberish on the corner, but Tiresias was totally legit. This old, blind man was a priest of Apollo and one of the most famous seers of all time. He could hear the future in the songs of birds (a little trick called augury), and he also received visions sent to him by the gods. Tiresias used his powers to advise seven generations of kings in his hometown of Thebes, though they had a tendency not to listen to what he had to say until it was too late. (We're looking at you, Oedipus and Creon.)
Even after Tiresias died by drinking from the poisoned water of Tilphussa, he had tons of power. Odysseus himself made a pit stop in the Underworld to get some travel advice from Tiresias, without which the O-man never would've made it home. Tiresias may have been a rough looking dude with a tendency to speak in cryptic riddles, but in the end, he was totally worth listening to.
|Nickname||The Blind Seer|
|Sex||Male (but spent seven years as a female)|
|Current city||Asphodel Fields on the outskirts of the Underworld|
Priest of Apollo
|Education||Apollo's School of Prophecy|
|Political views||It all seems so trivial when you know what's going to happen anyway.|
|Parents||Everes (Dad) |
|Children||Manto (who turned into a pretty awesome prophetess herself)|
|Friends||Apollo (a great god to serve)|
|Enemies||Hera (who struck me blind)
Athena (who may also have struck me blind, unclear)
|Relationship status||Very single|
|Interested in||Nobody, really. I can see that it's just never going to work out.|
|Quotations||"The fact of having been born is a bad augury for immortality" |
– George Santayana
"Take a little trip back with father Tiresias,
Listen to the old one speak of all he has lived through.
I have crossed between the poles; for me there's no mystery.
Once a man, like the sea I raged,
Once a woman, like the earth I gave.
But there is in fact more earth than sea."
– from "The Cinema Show" by Genesis
"Blackbird singing in the dead of night,
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see.
All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to be free."
– from "Blackbird" by the Beatles
"My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness"
– Helen Keller
"Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', ('This is my message to you-ou-ou:')
Singin': 'Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.'"
– "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley
(I actually only like this quote because it makes me laugh. Everything is definitely not going to be all right.)
|Books||Orlando by Virginia Woolf (A great book about gender shifting.) |
"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot (I kind of narrate this, which may explain why it's so darn cryptic.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
"Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10)" by John Donne (Too true.)
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
"When I Consider How My Light is Spent (On His Blindness)" by John Milton
"Meditation at Lagunitas" by Robert Hass
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Lights by Ellie Goulding (I may be an old blind seer, but I'm killer on the dance floor.) |
Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann
The Cinema Show by Genesis (I get a great shout out in the chorus of this song.)
Back in Time by Pitbull
Blackbird by The Beatles
The Wind by the Zac Brown Band
Karma Chameleon by Culture Club
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
Cabin by the Sea by the Dirty Heads (I just like to chill to this.)
|Movies||Winged Migration (You can a learn a lot from the birds.) |
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The Miracle Worker (You go, Helen Keller.)
Scent of a Woman
|TV Shows||Twin Peaks |