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Melampus


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Mythical seer and ancestor of the Melampodids, Greece's most renowned family of seers. The young, unmarried seer Melampus won a bride for his brother Bias, and for himself a part of a kingdom with its kingship. The kernel of this myth belongs to the older strata of Greek mythology, as Melampus' knowledge of the language of birds and woodworms demonstrates. Melampus is also connected with girls' initiation. He is the king's son who with a band of youths catches the daughters of Proetus and cures them of madness.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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