Analysis Of The Poem ' 5, On Teiresias ' Essay

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1. Callimachus, Hymn 5, on Teiresias: ACM p. 79, lines 97-122. Described here is a long account made by Athena towards one of her nymphs, Chariclo, after the blinding of the nympth’s son, Teiresias, after he inadvertently witnesses the goddess bathing. Chariclo laments and beseeches Athena to reverse her son’s new disability but Athena describes that is not she that had done the deed but in fact the result of one of Cronos’ laws, and as a gift for a friend, she bestows Teiresias the ability of being a prophet and understand the language of the birds. This is quite the opposite reaction that is usually brought by a divine once learning a mortal did something they were not supposed to do and bring such great disrespect. Usually the first reaction when a god and/or goddess discovers that a mortal is disgracing them in any regard whether intentionally or not, they set out a typically harsh punishment. Such is the fate of Actaion, who is directly mentioned by Athena during her speech to the nymph, comparing the fates of her son and to Actaion as both men were penalized for similar transgressions. Actaion had also spied upon a bathing goddess, this time the goddess of the hunt Artemis, and his punishment was certainly more sever in comparison as he could not speak lest he shape shift into an animal, which of course happened to the man and he is torn apart by his own hunting dogs. Teiresias’ punishment of blindness appears more lenient and charitable in comparison, and Athena…

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