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Thamyris

A Thracian bard mentioned by Homer (Iliad, ii. 595). He challenged the Muses to a trial of skill, and, being overcome in the contest, was deprived by them of his sight and power of song. He is represented with a broken lyre in his hand.

Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides [Eomer],
And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old.

Milton: Paradise Lost, iii. 35-36.

“Tiresias” pronounce Ti'-re-sas, “Phineus” pronounce Finuce.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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