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D.Gregory Griffith wrote:

>There are two main sources/variations for this story/myth. Generally,
>Tiresias is either blinded by Hera for siding with Zeus on the question of
>who enjoys the physical aspects of love more, men or women; or version
>two he is blinded by Athena for watching Athena  bathe in the Hippocrene
>fountain--the font of poetic inspiration and sacred to the nine muses by
>the way--and his mother ( an attendant to the goddess) intercedes on his
>behalf, and because mother is a favorite of Athena, and to prove She does
>not go around blinding children at a whim, the goddess grants the young
>Tiresias the gift of prophecy. The first story is related by Ovid; the second
>is related by the poet Callimachus in his 5th hymn,
>
Dear Greg,
    Just a question of order.  Callimachus, lived two hundred or so
years before Ovid.  Why do you make his the second source/variation?  Is
there someone earlier Ovid gets his version from?

Marcia