- Manto (Greek Mythology)
There are two figures in
Greek mythologynamed Manto, one a daughter of Tiresias, the other a daughter of Heracles. The name "Manto" derives from Ancient Greek"Mantis", "seer, prophet" (< PIE"*men-", "to think").
Daughter of Tiresias
Manto was the daughter of the prophet
Tiresiasand mother of Mopsus. Tiresias was a priestess of Herawho was transformed into a male in later myths when Zeusbecame more dominant, but whose role as a seer and prophet remained unchanged through the change. The original tradition of Tiresias as a woman must have been quite strong and since it could never be suppressed completely, was explained as his being able to change from one to the other. Oracles were the domain of priestesses even when a layer of priests was established over them much later, the priestesses remained the prophets at the oracles.
During the War of the
Epigoni, a later myth relates, Manto was brought to Delphias a war prize. Apollo sent her to Colophonto find an oracledevoted to him. She married Rhaciusand gave birth to Mopsus(although by some accounts Apollowas the father). In Roman myth, Manto went to Italyand gave birth to Ocnus(father: Tiberinus, the geniusof the river Tiber). Ocnus founded Mantua(today's Mantova) and named it after his mother.
Daughter of Heracles
Manto was also described in a late myths as a daughter of
Heracles. A myth claims that Mantuawas named after her (" VirgilX, 199").
*Virgil. "Eclogae ix.59-60".
*Isidore. "Etymologai xv.1.59".
*Statius. "Thebais iv.463-468, x.597-603".
*Pomponius Mela. "De chorographia i.88".
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