Calchas

Greek - A prophet and a priest of Apollo. At Aulis. Son of Thestor. He decreed that Iphigenia should be sacrificed to ensure favourable winds for the expedition to Troy to recover Helen. He was with the Greeks at the siege of Troy and afterwards entered into a contest of prophecy with Mopsus. When he lost, he died of grief. In one version of the story of Troilus and Cressida, the author makes Calchas a Trojan, father of Cressida, who defects to the Greeks. In other accounts he died of laughter when he was told that he would not live to enjoy the wine from his vineyard. Sometimes referred to as Calchas, Kalchas, Kalchas, Kalkhas or Kalkhas.

Nearby Myths