A blind Theban prophet, so wise that even his ghost had its wits and was not a mere phantom. According to some legends, he spent seven years as a woman. He was said to have been asked by Zeus and Hera whether a man or a woman derived more pleasure from the act of love; when he answered that a man did, Hera blinded him, but Zeus gave him in recompense a gift for unfailing prophecy.
Subjects: Classical Studies.
Related content in Oxford Index
Lord Tennyson Alfred (1809—1892) poet