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(Πολυφείδης/Polypheídēs). Seer in Greek mythology. Son of Mantius, grandson of Melampus [1], father of Theoclymenus. After an argument with his father, he moves from Argos to Hyperesia in Achaea (Hom. Od. 15,249) and begins soothsaying to all. After the death of his nephew Amphiaraus (cf. stemma Hom. Od. 15,225 ff.; 242 ff.) he was the most important Greek seer. The older P. can easily be a successor to the younger Amphiaraus, as the latter dies young (Hom. Od. 15,246 f.). Pherecydes (FGrH 3 F 116) describes him as the hus…

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Thurmann, Stephanie (Kiel), “Polypheides”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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