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