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Tiresias Sightings

  • The Odyssey by Homer 801BC - 601BC

    Odysseus makes a pit-stop in the Underworld to get some travel advice from the ghost of everybody's favorite blind seer in this most epic of epic poems.

  • Antigone by Sophocles 441BC

    In this tragedy, King Creon decides to not listen when Tiresias tells him to let Antigone bury her brother Polyneices. (Spoiler alert: this does not go well for Creon.)

  • Oedipus the King by Sophocles 431BC

    King Oedipus gets majorly ticked off when Tiresias tells him he's the cause of all his own problems in this tragedy. It isn't a happy ending, to say the least.

  • The Phoenician Women by Euripides 412BC - 410BC

    In this tragedy, Tiresias tells Creon that he has to sacrifice his son, Menoeceus, in order to save Thebes. Creon is more than a little unhappy about this.

  • The Bacchae by Euripides 406BC

    Tiresias and Cadmus dress up like ladies and go party at a Bacchanal of Dionysus in this tragedy.

  • Oedipus by Seneca 1BC - 99

    The big deal Roman playwright puts his spin on Oedipus' story—Tiresias included. It doesn't get any happier, that's for sure.

  • The Metamorphoses by Ovid 2

    Ovid gives you all the steamy details on how Tiresias went from man to woman and back again in this famous collection of mythological poems.

  • The Inferno by Dante 1308 - 1321

    According to Dante, Tiresias is trapped in Hell with his head spun around backwards. Ouch.

  • "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot 1922

    Tiresias is the main narrator of this crazy famous modern poem. Let's just hope this poem doesn't predict the future.

  • Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro 2010

    This modern Chicano riff on Oedipus is set in a LA barrio and comes complete with a Chicano version of the blind prophet.

  • These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney 2012

    Tiresias appears as blind woman in a wheelchair in this modernized marathon of all of Sophocles' extant plays.

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