Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

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Calchas, the interpreter of omens


Calchas, the famous Seer

Calchas was a very popular seer of antiquity and famous for his interpretations of omens. Calchas knew the things of the past, present, and future equally well.

Calchas and the Trojan War

When the famous Greek hero of the Trojan War Achilles was only nine years old, Calchas declared that the city of Troy could not be taken without him. Six years later, Calchas would join the Trojan War and help the hero Agamemnon with his prophecies to conquer Troy.

Life and Death of Calchas

Calchas lived in Megara (or Mycenae). He died of grief after the fall of Troy, when he competed against seer Mopsus and was defeated by him.